The “Meaningful Measures” Quality Initiative: An Overview by CMS Leadership

Date: 01/16/2018
Event Type: Archived , College LIVE
Session Speaker(s):

Ted Long, M.D., Senior Medical Officer of Quality Measurement and Value-Based Initiatives Group for CMS

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Event Information

Join us as we welcome Dr. Theodore Long, CMS’ Acting Senior Medical Officer of Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, to provide an overview and vision for the future of quality measurement and reporting.  On October 30th, 2017, CMS announced a new way forward. CMS Administrator Seema Verma has stated, “We all agree that quality measures are a critical component of paying for value. But we also understand that there is a financial cost as well as an opportunity cost to reporting measures. Until we get to a smaller set of more impactful measures that assess outcomes rather than processes, the burden associated with reporting measures will run the risk of outweighing their intended purpose. We understand the problem...we understand the frustration...and we understand that something needs to be done.” To that end CMS announced their “Meaningful Measures” initiative. 

CMS says there are two key issues they are trying to resolve: 1) Identify highest priority areas for quality measurement and improvement; and 2) Improve communications with patients and providers about where the high priority measures and friction are.  Dr. Long will explain what this means for healthcare providers, an overview of how the agency plans to achieve this, and what this means for providers.  Join us for this important overview an get a first-hand account of CMS’ new direction on quality.