The Core Quality Measures Collaborative (CQMC), which AGA is a member of, has released the updated gastroenterology and hepatitis C core measure sets as part of its mission to provide useful quality metrics as the nation transitions to a value-based system.
The updated core sets are a result of months of consensus-based review and deliberation among payors, providers, specialty societies, CMS, and the National Quality Forum (NQF). AGA took a leading role in this process, co-chairing the GI workgroup and participating on the hepatitis C/HIV workgroup.
About core measures
The transition to a value-based payment system has seen an increased reliance on performance measures to assess the success of health care providers in delivering high-value, high-quality patient care within alternative payment models (APM). As APMs have grown in popularity, so too has the number of performance measures tied to these models. This explosion in performance measures has increased the data collection burden on providers and resulted in conflicting measure results that have confused both providers and consumers alike. CQMC’s core measure sets address these challenges by promoting better patient outcomes, aligning measures across public and private payors, and reducing the burden of measurement by eliminating low-value metrics and redundancies. The CQMC has determined that the measures included in these sets are high-value, high-impact and most appropriate for inclusion in APMs and other value-based contracting arrangements.
Learn more about the newly released core measure sets.