Quality Payment Program measure development
What are the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) & the MDP Annual Report?
Our Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) is a way to help us build and improve quality measures clinicians can report under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and as participants in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). MIPS and APMs together are known as the Quality Payment Program. Our MDP is required by Section 102 of the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
To supplement the MDP for MACRA-funded measure development, we:
- Do environmental scans.
- Do gap analyses.
- Work with key stakeholders.
These activities help us to:
- Get expert input about the measures we need.
- Prioritize which measures to develop.
- Evaluate existing quality measures.
- Reduce the reporting cost and burden for clinicians.
- Meet our goal of person-centered, value-based measures to support the Quality Payment Program.
CMS Quality Measure Development Plan (PDF) – May 2, 2016
The Measure Development Plan guides the development of quality measures to:
- Support value-based payment for eligible clinicians.
- Help people make decisions about their health care.
We posted the draft plan (PDF) on December 18, 2015. Then, after we got extensive input from the public, we published the final Measure Development Plan on May 2, 2016.
Measure Development Plan (MDP) Annual Reports meet MACRA’s requirement to report our progress every year in:
- Developing measures for the Quality Payment Program.
- Implementing the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan.
We know clinicians face a burden and cost when they have to report. We’re committed to considering only what’s most important to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes.
- View CMS MDP Annual Reports
Our environmental scans look at quality measures for the Quality Payment Program. Each report finds gaps where targeted measure development would help us meet our quality priorities. Our latest report supports development of MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs), a future reporting option for clinicians, by focusing on population health measures and gaps.
- View CMS Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis Reports
Our contractor convenes Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) to help find recommendations to improve quality measures for clinicians. These panels of measurement experts, clinicians, patient/caregiver representatives, and other stakeholders review our gap analyses and give us input on the MDP Annual Reports.
In 2020, the MDP TEP met to review the findings of the 2020 Population Health Environmental Scan and prioritize measure subtopics that could be broadly applicable to MIPS eligible clinicians.
The TEP met again in February 2021 to review the development progress of the Quality Measure Index (QMI) and discuss the findings of the 2020 Environmental Scan conducted to support the adaptation of the QMI for broader use in CMS quality programs and settings.
- View MDP TEP Summary Reports