• AHIP, CMS, and NQF partner to promote measure alignment and burden reduction

    The Core Quality Measures Collaborative (CQMC) is a multi-stakeholder, voluntary effort created to promote measure alignment and harmonization across public and private payers. The collaboration aims to add focus to quality improvement efforts, reduce the reporting burden for providers, and offer consumers actionable information to help them make decisions about where to receive their care.


    The Collaborative has three main aims:

    • Recognize high-value, high-impact, evidence-based measures that promote better patient health outcomes, and provide useful information for improvement, decision-making and payment.
    • Reduce the burden of measurement and volume of measures by eliminating low-value metrics, redundancies, and inconsistencies in measure specifications and quality measure reporting requirements across payers.
    • Refine, align and harmonize measures across payers to achieve congruence in the measures being used for payment and other accountability purposes.

    Core Quality Measures

    The CQMC has developed and released core sets of quality measures that could be implemented across both commercial and government payers. The guiding principles used by the CQMC in developing the core measure sets are that they be meaningful to patients, consumers, and physicians, while reducing variability in measure selection, collection burden, and cost.

    The core measures are in the following eight sets:

    For more information, contact cqmc@qualtyforum.org.

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