The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information seeking comments by October 19, 2020, on a draft Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Recommended Measure Set. Use of the measure set would be voluntary. CMS is interested in the potential benefits and challenges that states, managed care organizations, and other organizations that administer or deliver HCBS. Further, CMS seeks stakeholder comment on the purpose and organization of the recommended measure set, the criteria used to select measures, and a preliminary draft set of measures for assessing the quality and outcomes of Medicaid-funded HCBS.
The goal of the HCBS recommended measure set is that states, managed long-term services and supports plans, and other entities will use the measures to meet CMS requirements, and create opportunities to have comparative quality data on HCBS programs and services. The measure set can also be used to assess value-based purchasing and alternative payment models.
CMS anticipates that the measure set could reduce the burden on states and other organizations to identify and use HCBS quality measures. By providing a standard set of measures to assess HCBS qualities and outcomes, CMS may be able to reduce the time and resources expended on identifying, assessing, and implementing measures for use in HCBS programs.
The RFI is posted at https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/quality-of-care/downloads/rfi-hcbs-recommended-measure-set.pdf (accessed October 7, 2020).
This was reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on September 14, 2020.
Contact information: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244; Email: HCBSMeasuresRFI@cms.hhs.gov; Website: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/quality-of-care/quality-improvement-initiatives/measuring-and-improving-quality-home-and-community-based-services-hcbs/index.html