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CMS Releases National Impact Assessment of Medicare Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released today the first National Impact Assessment of Medicare Quality Measures report as required by Section 3014 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA states that no later than March 1, 2012, and at least once every three years thereafter, the Health and Human Services Secretary must conduct an assessment of the quality and efficiency impact of National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures for use in specific health care programs and in reporting performance information to the public. The report discusses the impact of measure use in several CMS quality reporting programs, including the inpatient and outpatient programs.

Each chapter of the report illustrates trends over time and examines the extent to which many of the measure trends within each program have declined, remained unchanged or increased. The results are descriptive, so relatively small differences over time should be interpreted with caution. In the final chapter, CMS discusses measures under consideration for 2012 rulemaking. CMS intends to continue to evaluate the impact of NQF-endorsed quality measures and to make public a report at least every three years as part of the ongoing pre-rulemaking process. The report is available at