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Call for Measures

As a part of its measure development process, CMS may request interested parties to submit candidate measures that may be suitable for a specific project. The candidate measures suggested will be reviewed by CMS and its measure development contractor(s). Candidate measures suggested through a call for candidate measures will undergo the same rigorous evaluation as all CMS measures.

The CMS measures development process consists of the following steps:

  • Identifying important quality goals related to Medicare services
  • Conducting literature reviews and grading evidence
  • Defining and developing specifications for each quality measure
  • Obtaining evaluation of proposed measures by technical expert panels
  • Soliciting public comment on proposed measures
  • Testing measures for validity, reliability, ease, and accuracy of collection
  • Refining measures as needed

Call for Measures:  

CMS to Begin Accepting Suggestions for Potential Physician Quality Reporting System Measures and/or Measures Groups in May 2014

In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin accepting quality measure suggestions for potential inclusion in the proposed set of quality measures in the Physician Quality Reporting System for future rule-making years. Quality measures submitted in this Call for Measures also will be considered for use in other quality programs for physicians and other eligible professionals (e.g. Value Based Modifier, Physician Compare, Medicare Shared Savings Program, etc.).

Beginning this year, the Call for Measures will be conducted in an ongoing open format. Starting May 1, 2014, CMS will open its Call for Measures. Unlike previous years, where the annual Call for Measures closed after a specified period of time, the Call for Measures will remain open indefinitely. The month that a measure is submitted to CMS will determine which program year it may be included in the PQRS measure set.

Each measure submitted for consideration must include all required supporting documentation. Measure submissions that name a measure steward other than the organization submitting the potential measure must include documentation that the measure steward has agreed to maintain the measure if it is accepted. Submissions missing documentation of the steward's commitment to maintain a proposed measure will be automatically eliminated from the measure review process.

Documentation requirements and the schedule of cut-off dates for the yearly Measures Under Consideration (MUC) list inclusion will be posted in the Downloads section below. Only those measures submitted in the provided format will be accepted for consideration.

When submitting measures for consideration, please ensure that your submission is not duplicative of another existing or proposed measure. Submitted measures must be further along in development than a measure concept. Additionally, CMS is not accepting claims-based only reporting measures in this process. CMS is seeking a quality set of measures that are outcome-based rather than clinical process measures. Other measure types that CMS is interested in include measures of patient safety and adverse events, appropriate use of diagnostics and therapeutics, care coordination and communication, patient experience and patient-reported outcomes and measures of cost and resource use.

Measures submitted for consideration will be assessed to ensure that they meet the needs of the Physician Quality Reporting System. As time permits, feedback will be provided to measure submitters upon review of their submission.

Note: Suggesting individual measures or measures for a new or existing measures group does not guarantee the measure(s) will be included in the proposed or final sets of measures of any Proposed or Final Rules that address the Physician Quality Reporting System. CMS will determine which individual measures and measures group(s) to include in the proposed set of quality measures, and after a period of public comment, the agency will make the final determination with regard to the final set of quality measures for the Physician Quality Reporting System.