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Quality health care for people with Medicare is a high priority for the President, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). HHS and CMS began launching Quality Initiatives in 2001 to assure quality health care for all Americans through accountability and public disclosure.

The various Quality Initiatives touch every aspect of the healthcare system. Some initiatives focus on publicly reporting quality measures for nursing homes, home health agencies, hospitals, and kidney dialysis facilities. Consumers can use the quality measures information that is available on www.medicare.gov for these healthcare settings to assist them in making healthcare choices or decisions. For more information about any of these quality initiatives, see the "Related Links Inside CMS" section below.

Physicians and other eligible professionals can participate in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) by reporting quality measures information to CMS about specific services provided frequently to their Medicare patients with certain medical conditions. This information helps doctors measure the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. More information about PQRI can be found at www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI.

Successful quality initiatives rely on partnerships and support from many sources that encompass the healthcare community such as federal and State agencies, researchers and academic experts, stakeholder and consumer organizations, providers and advocates, and federal contractors such as Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs). QIOs can assist Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers understand and use quality measures information in their healthcare decision making process. For more information about QIOs or CMS survey and certification activities, see the "Related Links Inside CMS" section below.

Quality Measures

CMS has developed a standardized approach for the development of quality measures that it uses in its quality initiatives. Known as the Measures Management System (MMS), this system is composed of a set of business processes and decision criteria that CMS funded measure developers follow in the development, implementation, and maintenance of quality measures. The steps in the measure development process are summarized in the document "Quality Measures Development Overview" which is available as a downloadable file in the "Downloads" section below.

Post Acute Care Reform Plan

CMS funded a project to review assessment approaches that could be used across post-acute settings to reduce care fragmentation and unsafe transitions, and to compare outcomes and costs for patients discharged to post acute care. The report entitled 'Uniform Patient Assessment for Post Acute Care (PAC) Final Report' and a stand alone executive summary are available in the Downloads section below. It should be noted that the content of this report does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services nor does mention of any trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. CMS has developed a plan to improve Medicare's payment for post-acute care services and the coordination of these services. Post-acute care is care that is provided to individuals who need additional help recuperating from an acute illness or serious medical procedure.

Roadmap for Value-Based Purchasing [PDF, 3.52 MB]

Roadmap for Quality Measurement [PDF, 3.38 MB]

Resource Use Measurement Plan [PDF, 3.49 MB]

Quality Roadmap Overview [PDF, 1.47 MB]

Quality Measures Development Overview [PDF 100 KB]

PAC Executive Summary Report [PDF 153 KB]

PAC Full Report [PDF 1.6 MB]
Related Links Inside CMS
Post Acute Care Reform Plan

Home Health Quality Initiatives

Hospital Quality Initiatives

Nursing Home Quality Initiatives

ESRD Quality Initiatives

Physician Quality Reporting Initiative


Survey and Certification Section

Quality Improvement Organizations
Related Links Outside CMSExternal Linking Policy


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