Quality Initiatives - General Information
About CMS' Office of Clinical Standards & Quality
CMS' Office of Clinical Standards & Quality (OCSQ), led by the CMS Chief Medical Officer and the OCSQ Leadership Team, is a cadre of professionals with diverse backgrounds in clinical, scientific, public health, legal, IT, project management, academic, and business management fields. We serve CMS, HHS, and the public as a trusted partner with a steadfast focus on improving outcomes, beneficiaries' experience of care, and population health, while also aiming to reduce healthcare costs through improvement.
Read more about CMS' Office of Clinical Standards & Quality in the Downloads section, below. Please contact us with any questions at OCSQBox@cms.hhs.gov.
About CMS' Quality Initiatives
Quality health care for people with Medicare is a high priority for the President, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). HHS and CMS began launching Quality Initiatives in 2001 to assure quality health care for all Americans through accountability and public disclosure.
The various Quality Initiatives touch every aspect of the healthcare system. Some initiatives focus on publicly reporting quality measures for nursing homes, home health agencies, hospitals, and kidney dialysis facilities. Consumers can use the quality measures information that is available on www.medicare.gov for these healthcare settings to assist them in making healthcare choices or decisions. For more information about any of these quality initiatives, see the "Related Links Inside CMS" section below.
Physician Quality Reporting System
Physicians and other eligible professionals can participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System by reporting quality measures information to CMS about specific services provided frequently to their Medicare patients with certain medical conditions. This information helps doctors measure the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. More information about it can be found at www.cms.gov/PQRS.
Quality Improvement Organizations
Successful quality initiatives rely on partnerships and support from many sources that encompass the healthcare community such as federal and State agencies, researchers and academic experts, stakeholder and consumer organizations, providers and advocates, and federal contractors such as Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs). QIOs can assist Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers understand and use quality measures information in their healthcare decision making process. For more information about QIOs or CMS survey and certification activities, see the "Related Links" section, below.
CMS has developed a standardized approach for the development of quality measures that it uses in its quality initiatives. Known as the Measures Management System (MMS), this system is composed of a set of business processes and decision criteria that CMS funded measure developers follow in the development, implementation, and maintenance of quality measures. The steps in the measure development process are summarized in the document "Quality Measures Development Overview," which is available as a downloadable file in the "Downloads" section, below.
Post Acute Care Reform Plan
CMS funded a project to review assessment approaches that could be used across post-acute settings to reduce care fragmentation and unsafe transitions, and to compare outcomes and costs for patients discharged to post acute care. The report entitled 'Uniform Patient Assessment for Post Acute Care (PAC) Final Report' and a stand alone executive summary are available in the Downloads section, below. It should be noted that the content of this report does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services nor does mention of any trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. CMS has developed a plan to improve Medicare's payment for post-acute care services and the coordination of these services. Post-acute care is care that is provided to individuals who need additional help recuperating from an acute illness or serious medical procedure.
Development of Quality Indicators for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs)
The overall goal of this project was to assist CMS in developing appropriate measures to monitor and evaluate the quality of rehabilitation services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in IRFs. The key questions addressed by this report include: What are the expected outcomes of an inpatient rehabilitation stay? What factors affect those outcomes? Do we have appropriate measures of those relationships? And if not, what measures do we need? Funded by CMS, in considering these key questions, Research Triangle Institute (RTI) incorporated expertise from the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation services to develop measures specific to the rehabilitation field that would target these issues while still minimizing the administrative reporting burdens for providers. The report and its accompanied appendices are available in the Downloads section, below.
- Development of Quality Indicators for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities [ZIP, 1MB]
- Roadmap for Implementing Value Driven Healthcare in the Traditional Medicare Fee-for-Service Program [PDF, 3MB]
- Roadmap for Quality Measurement in the Traditional Medicare Fee-for-Service Program [PDF, 3MB]
- Medicare Resource Use Measurement Plan [PDF, 3MB]
- CMS Roadmaps Overview [PDF, 1MB]
- Quality Measures Development Overview [PDF, 99KB]
- PAC Executive Summary Report [PDF, 102KB]
- PAC Full Report [PDF, 1MB]
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- MedQic - Opens in a new window
- Post Acute Care Reform Plan
- Home Health Quality Initiative
- Hospital Quality Initiative
- Nursing Home Quality Initiative
- End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Initiative
- Physician Quality Reporting System
- Survey & Certification - General Information
- Quality Improvement Organizations
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