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Measures Management System

Measures Management System

Quality measures are tools that help measure or quantify healthcare processes, outcomes, patient perceptions, and organizational structure and/or systems that are associated with the ability to provide high-quality health care and/or that relate to one or more quality goals for health care. These goals include: effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable, and timely care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses quality measures in its quality improvement, public reporting, and pay-for-reporting programs to improve the quality of healthcare for their beneficiaries.

In response to an ever-increasing demand for quality measures, CMS developed the Measures Management System (MMS) as a standardized system for developing and maintaining the quality measures used in its various initiatives and programs. Measure developers should follow this standardized system which includes a core set of business processes and decision criteria when developing, implementing, and maintaining quality measures.

Best practices for these processes are documented in the manual, Blueprint for the CMS Measures Management System (the Blueprint). CMS uses the standardized processes documented in the Blueprint to ensure that the resulting measures form a coherent, transparent system for evaluating quality of care delivered to its beneficiaries.