November 10, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded IMPAQ International a new contract, Medicare Advantage Care Coordination Measure Development, to support the development of quantifiable care coordination measures for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.
Effective care coordination is a crucial component of quality health care and improved health outcomes. Under this contract, IMPAQ will develop new quantitative measures that will complement CMS’s current collection of qualitative data through the Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (CAHPS).
“We are excited to work with CMS on this important project,” Vice President of IMPAQ’s Health Division Dr. Paul Gorrell said. “In addition to developing, testing, and validating the quality measures, we will provide recommendations for operationalizing and incorporating the measures into existing Medicare Advantage quality measurement programs, including the Star Ratings systems for Medicare Part C and Part D.”
This work aligns with two other CMS contracts recently awarded to IMPAQ, both of which focus on improving the quality of health care for all Americans. The first contract, Development and Implementation of Quality Rating System (QRS) Measures for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), will develop and implement national quality measures for health plans offered on the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces. The second contract, Strategic Innovation Engine (SIE), will identify which health care practices show significant evidence of success, expand the science of quality improvement, and disseminate a body of knowledge on what works well.
CMS is responsible for implementing Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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