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Upcoming CMS Webinars

June 11, 2019

CMS is pleased to invite the public to attend its two upcoming webinars titled Measuring Quality to Improve Quality: Strengths and Challenges of Clinical Quality Measurement and Patient-Centered Quality Measurement: What It Is and How to Get Involved. The webinars will provide engaging and informative overviews about quality measures, with an emphasis on how these measures are impacting health care and how the public can get involved in the development of quality measures. Each of the webinars will be offered twice this summer:

1. Measuring Quality to Improve Quality: Strengths and Challenges of Clinical Quality Measurement

– Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00-3:00 pm EST (Register here)
– Thursday, June 27 at 2:00-3:00 pm EST (Register here) (Note: this will be the same presentation as 6/25)

2. Patient-Centered Quality Measurement: What It Is and How to Get Involved

– Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00-3:00 pm EST (Register here)
– Thursday, July 25 at 3:00-4:00 pm EST (Register here) (Note: this will be the same presentation as 7/24)

Please register in advance if you can attend, as space will be limited. And be sure to come prepared with questions to ask CMS presenters!
And for the July 2019 page:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2019
Contact: CMS Media Relations
(202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries

CMS Refreshes Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard
Data refresh captures progress in state reporting as Scorecard seeks to improve transparency and accountability regarding health care quality and outcomes. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) refreshed data within the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard, which was released for the first time last year. The targeted data refresh, which comes amidst CMS’s ongoing effort to transform Medicaid by promoting accountability and ensuring program integrity for taxpayers, reflects states’ progress in increasing their reporting of patients’ health outcomes, particularly related to behavioural health.
The Scorecard is a central component of the Trump Administration’s commitment to modernizing and strengthening the Medicaid and CHIP programs

– programs that provide health coverage to more than 72 million Americans at a cost to taxpayers of over $558 billion a year. The Scorecard allows every American to see how well the Medicaid and CHIP programs are improving the lives of beneficiaries. It also ensures the efficient use of taxpayer dollars so that those who administer state Medicaid and CHIP programs can be held accountable for the program’s performance.

“Everyone – whether you are a beneficiary, taxpayer, or lawmaker – deserves to understand the performance of our nation’s largest health coverage programs and often the largest state expenses,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “More and more states are voluntarily reporting their health outcomes in the Scorecard, and the new data is leading us into an era of increased transparency and accountability, so that together we can improve the quality of care we give to the vulnerable Americans that depend on this vital program.”

The Scorecard also falls in line with President Trump’s commitment to “cut the red tape” by aligning existing reporting requirements with these other data sets and incorporating new data over time. It includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as federally reported measures, in three portions: state health system performance; state administrative accountability; and federal administrative accountability. The publication of the first Scorecard in June 2018 generated a new level of interest in state Medicaid quality measures. Since that time, state Medicaid directors focused on increasing their own reporting and, given the progress states have made, CMS is refreshing data from the 2018 Scorecard to capture new data from more states submitting their outcomes.

Highlights from today’s data refresh include:
– Fifty three new data points were reported by states across the 12 measures within the state health system performance portion, including measures on postpartum care; well child visits; potentially avoidable hospitalizations for diabetes among adults; and follow-up after hospitalization for mental health among adults.

– For eight of the measures within the state health system performance portion, three to seven additional states reported each measure.

-Seven additional states reported on how well they are doing on follow-ups after hospitalization for mental illness among adults.

-Five additional states reported on their performance on the use of concurrent antipsychotics among children and adolescents

As part of CMS’s overall commitment to robust public reporting of quality and administrative metrics that drive performance improvement, the agency is also working to enhance the functionality of the Scorecard as part of a comprehensive annual update expected to be published later this fall. The updated Scorecard will have improvements in both the measure set and in website functionality.

CMS has engaged with a broad set of internal and external stakeholders to finalize the updates to the fall Scorecard measure set and to encourage greater reporting across a broader set of metrics to improve consistency across states. As states continue to seek greater flexibility from CMS, the Scorecard serves as an important tool to ensure that CMS collects and reports on critical outcome metrics.

In addition to bringing greater transparency to Medicaid outcomes, CMS will continue to create an environment of shared learning and opportunity through a strong state and federal partnership to ensure best practices, which will lead to positive health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations.

The Scorecard can be found here:


https://www.medicaid.gov/state-overviews/scorecard/index.html

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Search Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard measures for information on state health performance and state and federal administrative accountability
and another one for the July 2019 page:

Register Today for Webinar: Quality Payment Program Performance Information Published on Physician Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the Physician Compare support team are hosting two one-hour webinars on the 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information recently published on Physician Compare. The webinars will share background information about Physician Compare and provide information on the 2017 performance information recently added to Physician Compare profile pages for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians and groups and ACOs.

Both webinars will present the same information, and during each webinar the Physician Compare support team will address your questions with a question and answer session.

Two separate times are offered to help best accommodate your busy schedule. Register today. Webinars will be conducted via WebEx at the following times:

– Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT – Register for this session

– Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT – Register for this session

Registration ends on Monday, July 29. We look forward to meeting you there.
If you have any questions about public reporting on Physician Compare, visit the Physician Compare Initiative page, or contact us at PhysicianCompare@Westat.com.

Questions? Contact the Physician Compare support team at PhysicianCompare@Westat.com.
For more information, please visit the Physician Compare Initiative page.

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