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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 healthcare quality. The CMS quality programs address care provided across the care continuum and encourage improvement of quality through use of payment incentives, payment reductions, and quality improvement activities while also increasing transparency through expanded public reporting of performance results.

Five statements define CMS’ strategic vision for the future of its quality reporting programs:

  • CMS quality reporting programs are guided by input from patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
  • Feedback and data drives rapid cycle quality improvement.
  • Public reporting provides meaningful, transparent, and actionable information.
  • Quality reporting programs rely on an aligned measure portfolio.
  • Quality reporting and value-based purchasing program policies are aligned.

CMS Quality Reporting Programs and Quality Initiatives

The following sites and web pages contain information about various incentive and quality programs and initiatives being run by CMS and other HHS organizations.

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