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Capitol Correspondence - 02.26.18

CMS Gives Update on “Meaningful Measures” Initiative Begun in 2017

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In 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began a new quality initiative named Meaningful Measures, replacing prior efforts under the previous administration. In this week’s Patients Over Paperwork newsletter, CMS shared that the “Meaningful Measures initiative helps us find the highest quality measurement and improvement priorities that are most important to improve patient outcomes. Based on stakeholder feedback on the growing number of quality measures and the burden of quality measure reporting, CMS incorporated diverse stakeholder feedback to develop the Meaningful Measures initiative to focus on core quality priorities that are most vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes.”

While these new measures are unlikely to have an immediate effect on IDD services, it is important for providers to remain aware of and alert to where CMS is headed with quality efforts in general. The Meaningful Measures initiative can help provide useful context in that sense. ANCOR members can learn more here.