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CMCS Issues 2015 Updates to Child and Adult Core Quality Measures

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has issued the attached informational bulletin describing 2015 updates to the core sets of measures for children and adults enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicaid. The updates to the core sets will take effect in the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015 reporting cycle, which will begin no later than December 2015. CMCS will release updated technical specifications for both core sets in spring 2015 and make them available at www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Quality-of-Care/Quality-of-Care.html. States with questions or that need further assistance with reporting, which is voluntary, and quality improvement regarding the child and adult core sets can submit questions or requests to MACQualityTA@cms.hhs.gov.

Modifications to the child core measure set include retiring the measure for Percentage of Eligibles that Received Dental Services, and adding two measures — Dental Sealants for 6-9 Year Old Children at Elevated Caries Risk, and Child and Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder: Suicide Risk Assessment. CMCS will also pilot a reporting process in 2015 for the child version of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (Child HCAHPS) survey, to determine whether to include HCAHPS in the core set. For the 2015 adult core measure set, CMCS will retire the Comprehensive Diabetes Care: LDL-C Screening measure, and add the Comprehensive Diabetes Care: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control (>9.0%) measure. The updates for both measure sets come after review and recommendations from the Measures Applications Partnership.

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