Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Measures Management System Update

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:38 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Measure Management and You

A monthly bulletin about clinical quality measurement resources and opportunities

October 2019 [Volume 4, Edition 10]


Announcements: Stay Up to Date


Now Available: CMS is pleased to announce the publication of the updated Blueprint for the CMS Measures Management System (MMS). The updated version 15.0 of the MMS Blueprint is located on the MMS website. See Appendix A for a list of changes. Click here to access the MMS Blueprint v15.0


Now Available: Data Element Definitions for CMS eCQMs for 2020 Quality Reporting/Performance Period on the Collaborative Measure Development Workspace, Data Element Repository. Click here to access the full announcement


Now Available: 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System Performance Period Virtual Group Participation Overview Fact Sheet. Click here to access the fact sheet and toolkit


Now Available: 2019 Improvement Activities Performance Category Fact Sheet. The fact sheet provides an overview of the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Improvement Activities performance category. Click here to access the fact sheet


From Ensuring Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes: Five Part Strategy Deep Dive. Click here to read the article


ICYMI: Medicare Plan Finder Gets an Upgrade for the First Time in a Decade. Click here to access the press release


Get Involved: Upcoming Events

  • SSM Health’s Sepsis Core Measure Journey on October 23, 2019
  • PCHQR Program: Practical Impacts of the FY2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule 1 CE on October 24, 2019

Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities

Public Comment, Technical Expert Panels (TEP), and Federal Register Rule Comment

  • TEP: Reevaluation of Inpatient Claims-Based Outcome Measures
  • TEP: Patient Safety Measure Development and Maintenance: Sepsis Outcome Measure
  • Federal Register: Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations
  • Federal Register: Proposed Rule: Medicare and State Healthcare Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements
  • TEP: MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures – Clinical subcommittee
    • Call for TEP nominations closed on April 12, 2019, but the TEP continues to accept nominations on a continual basis after this date. Nominees who submit their information after April 12 will enter a standing pool of nominees who may be selected for participation in condition- or procedure-specific workgroups that will be convened within each Subcommittee.
    • Learn more about this Call for TEP

National Quality Forum (NQF) Event Calendar


Interested in providing feedback on measures under consideration for NQF endorsement? The NQF event calendar includes details about current and upcoming comment periods as well as information about upcoming meetings.


Stay in Touch


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