Volunteers Needed on CMS’s Technical Expert Panel

Project Title:

Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) Technical Expert Panel

Dates: August 21st 2015

Project Overview:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Abt Associates to develop and maintain quality measures for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP). The contract name is Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) Quality Measure Development and Maintenance Project (contract number HHSM -500-2013-13001I, Task Order HHSM-500T0002). As part of its measure development process, CMS asks contractors to convene groups of stakeholders and subject matter experts who contribute direction and thoughtful input to the measure contractor during measure development and maintenance.

The TEP will be asked to review analytics on the current HHQRP outcome, process, and potentially avoidable event measures and evaluate recommendations to modify the measure set. The purpose of this project is to maintain, evaluate and modify as needed the current HHQRP measure set, which includes measures based on the HH Item Set (OASIS) and claims. CMS also plans to implement additional measures of home health quality addressing gaps in measurement that have been identified by stakeholders. Abt Associates has conducted an environmental scan to support the development of these additional measures for future implementation in the HHQRP. The TEP will give input on two measures under consideration; a falls risk composite process measure and an outcome measure assessing improvement in dyspnea in patients with a primary diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and/or Asthma.

Project Objectives:

  • Review existing measure set based on results of a graded environmental scan and data analytics.
  • Determine candidates for retirement and areas where there are gaps.
  • Determine opportunities to modify existing measures.
  • Review and give input for two proposed new constructs for measure development.
  • Review updated risk models for outcome measures

Scope of Responsibilities:

The TEP’s role is to provide input and advice to the measure contractors on proposed changes to the measure set and new measure development.

Guiding Principles:

  • This TEP serves the needs of the HH population. Its members are committed to improving the quality of care given to these patients, while also improving their quality of life.
  • This TEP will ensure that quality measures identified and adapted to the HH patient population are meaningful to participants.
  • This TEP will be responsive to project timelines. Its members will provide timely responses to requests for input, insights, and feedback.
  • This TEP will address patient-centeredness and patient and family engagement as key focus areas for their work.

Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings:

One in-person meeting August 21st 2015 and follow-up meetings and/ or email communications as necessary.

Date Approved by TEP: TBD

TEP Membership: TBD

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