August 10, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded IMPAQ International a task order to develop and implement national quality measures for health plans offered on the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“We are excited about this opportunity,” Vice President of IMPAQ’s Health division Paul Gorrell said. “This important work seeks to increase transparency and bring greater efficiency and higher value to the health exchanges, and ultimately should contribute to improving the quality of care.”
The existing quality measures reflect CMS’s current standards for quality measurement and reporting practice and consist of 43 measures addressing areas of clinical effectiveness, patient safety, care coordination, prevention, access, experience of care, and efficiency.
For this project, IMPAQ International will develop the next iteration of quality measures, improving the existing framework, filling important measurement gaps, and better aligning priorities with guiding principles. The new quality measures will seek to empower consumers with information about health plan quality and support CMS’ efforts to bring greater efficiency and higher value to health-insurance marketplaces.
The task order is entitled “Development and Implementation of Quality Rating System (QRS) Measures for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs)” and was awarded under the Measure & Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) IDIQ.
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