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CMS Measures Inventory

Overview

The CMS Quality Measures Inventory is a compilation of measures used by CMS in various quality, reporting and payment programs. The Inventory lists each measure by program, reporting measure specifications including, but not limited to, numerator, denominator, exclusion criteria, Meaningful Measures domain, measure type, and National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsement status.

The CMS Quality Measures Inventory contains pipeline/Measures under Development (MUD), which are measures that are in the process of being developed for eventual consideration for a CMS program. These measures are populated using measure developer submissions to the MIDS Resource Library and measures submitted for consideration in the pre-rulemaking process, but have not been accepted into a program at this time. The measure’s information will be as complete as the resources used to populate the measure, and will include measure information such as anticipated CMS program, measure type, NQF endorsement status, measure steward, and measure developer. Measures on the MUD List are not developed enough to undergo a final determination of any kind with respect to inclusion into a CMS program. CMS is providing this list of planned measures for the purposes of promoting transparency, measure coordination and harmonization, alignment of quality improvement efforts, and public participation.

In an effort to compile a comprehensive repository of quality measures, measures that were on previous Measures under Consideration (MUC) Lists are now included in the CMS Quality Measures Inventory. These are measures approved for consideration of use in a Medicare program covered under ACA 3014, and must clear CMS’s pre-rulemaking and rulemaking processes for full implementation into the intended CMS program.

CMS Measures Inventory Tool

CMIT is an interactive web-based application with intuitive and user-friendly functions for quickly searching through the CMS Measures Inventory.

View of the CMIT inventory page from a laptop screen.
Measure details view from the laptop screen

Inventory Updates

CMS publishes an updated Measures Inventory every February, July and November. It is important to note that any changes to measures (data, use, status, etc), are validated through Federal Rules and/or CMS Program/Measure Leads. Any updates that occur after the CMS Quality Measures Inventory has been publically posted or updated in CMIT will not be captured until the next posting.

Contact

For questions or to provide feedback, please contact the CMS Measures Inventory Support Team at MMSSupport@Battelle.org.

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