Quality Programs

Quality Programs

As the largest payer of healthcare services in the United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continuously seeks ways to improve the quality of healthcare. CMS manages quality programs that address many different areas of healthcare. These programs encourage improvement of quality through payment incentives, payment reductions, and reporting information on healthcare quality on government websites.

CMS initiated many of these programs in response to legislation. For more information about legislative mandates, see the Legislative Mandates for Quality Measurement and Reporting (PDF) supplemental material.

CMS Quality Programs and Quality Initiatives

The links below are examples of quality programs and initiatives. Click on the links to visit web pages about the program/initiative operated by CMS and/or other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services organizations.

Quality Reporting Programs

Value-Based Care Programs

Compare Sites

CMS created the Care Compare website to compare healthcare providers based on quality and other information. This allows consumers to make more informed choices when choosing a healthcare provider. Users of the site can compare providers in any of the following categories of care settings.

  • Dialysis Facilitiesc
  • Home Health
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Long-Term Care Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Physicians

Other Quality Programs and Initiatives

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12/01/2021 08:00 PM