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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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CMS Releases Orthopaedic Quality Measures

On February 16, CMS and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), as part of a broad Core Quality Measures Collaborative of health care system participants, released seven sets of clinical quality measures. These measures support multi-payer alignment on core measures primarily for physician quality programs. Physicians and other clinicians must currently report multiple quality measures to different entities. Measure requirements are often not aligned among payers, which has resulted in confusion and complexity for reporting providers.

To address this problem, CMS, commercial plans, Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans, purchasers, physician and other care provider organizations, and consumers worked together through the Collaborative to identify core sets of quality measures that payers have committed to using for reporting. The measures will be guided by the CMS Quality Measure Development plan, for which AAHKS is currently preparing comments. View the orthopaedic measures.

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