The CMS on Tuesday released a list of nearly 100 reporting measures under consideration for Medicare's quality and value-based purchasing programs.
The list includes new quality and efficiency measures for nursing homes, hospitals, clinician practices and dialysis facilities, and the measures focus on patient outcomes, appropriate use of diagnostics and services, cost and patient safety, Kate Goodrich, director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the CMS, said in a blog post.
This year, 39% of the measures being considered focus on outcomes. Specialty societies also submitted more measures than in previous years, Goodrich said.
The CMS publishes a list each year of quality and cost measures that are under consideration for Medicare quality and value-based purchasing programs and works with the National Quality Forum to get input from patients, clinicians, commercial payers and purchasers, on the most suitable measures.
The measures, if adopted, will ultimately help patients choose the provider that is best for them, while helping providers deliver quality care.