The CMS is looking to give providers a look behind the curtain on how performance measures are developed.
The agency is creating an online resource known as the CMS Measures Inventory Tool, or CMIT, which will provide a comprehensive list of measures being developed and in use, as well as those that have been removed from a CMS quality program or initiative.
The tool should help providers find measures quickly and increase transparency. CMIT can be used to identify measures across the continuum of care and will help coordinate measurement efforts across all conditions, settings and populations, according to a Nov. 20 blog post by CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich.
"A great deal of attention has also been focused on alignment of quality measures within CMS and with commercial payers, and we are committed to working towards alignment of these measures to ensure delivery of high quality care to all Americans while minimizing burden on providers," Goodrich said in the post. "CMIT is an innovative approach that will help to promote the goal of increased alignment across programs and with other payers."
The announcement comes as the agency actively looks to reduce the number of measures imposed on providers, and utilize ones that will hold them accountable for outcomes versus the process of how care is delivered.