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Technical Expert Panels


Technical Expert Panels

A TEP is a group of stakeholders and experts who contribute direction and thoughtful input to the measure developer in every phase of the measure development process, from conceptualization through maintenance. Convening the TEP is one important step in the measure development or reevaluation process that CMS contractors use to ensure transparency and it provides an opportunity to receive multi-stakeholders input early in the process. While panel members may be involved at any time during the development process, CMS does require the panel be asked for input at specific times including but not limited to: when developing the business case (why the measure makes sense and is important), reviewing testing results, and deciding which measures should be recommended to CMS. Since an important use of quality measures is to provide information to patients and their caregivers on the quality of care provided, their perspective on what is important and useful to measure and evaluate is vital and cannot be overlooked. One way that this may be accomplished is by having a patient or caregiver on the panel.

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