This blog post was previously published on the Redilearning blog and is republished here. Redilearning became part of Relias Learning in October, 2015.

CMS recently released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report, which assesses the quality measures used by CMS.

Building on the 2012 Impact Assessment Report and using research from data sets spanning 2006 to 2013, the 2015 Impact Report evaluates data from hundreds of measures that assess the quality of care delivered in a range of settings, including nursing homes and home health agencies. The report’s three main objectives? To examine the current measure use; to analyze measure results; and to suggest next steps for measures and program-specific decisions.

According to CMS, highlights of the report demonstrate that:

Quality measurement results show significant improvement

95% of 119 publicly reported performance rates across seven quality reporting programs showed improvement during the study period. In addition, approximately 35% of the 119 measures were classified as high performing, meaning that performance rates exceeding 90% were achieved in each of the most recent three years for which data were available.

Race and ethnicity disparities present in 2006 were less evident in 2012

Measure rates for Hispanics, Blacks and Asians showed improvement; however, disparities still exist and remain a challenge to eliminate.


CMS quality measures impact patients beyond the Medicare population

Over 40% of the measures used in CMS quality reporting programs include individuals whose healthcare is supported by Medicaid, and over 30% include individuals whose healthcare is supported by other payer sources.

CMS noted that the next Impact Report, scheduled for release in 2018, will focus on nearly twice as many quality measures and programs.