New Quality Measure Core Sets Provide Continuity For Measuring Quality Improvement

The Core Quality Measures Collaborative, convened by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and America’s Health Insurance Plans, has announced six core quality measure sets, including one for cardiology, that are intended to make “quality measurement more useful and meaningful for consumers, employers, clinicians and public and private payers.” The ACC has been involved in the Collaborative since 2014 and played an instrumental role in shaping the final cardiology core measure set.

However, both the ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA), while applauding the work of the Collaborative, are expressing concern about the inclusion of two conflicting measures addressing blood pressure control for patients with hypertension given their potential to confuse patients and providers.

“Though we recognize that the inclusion of these two measures was a compromise agreed to by the members of the Collaborative in order to achieve a consensus, AHA and the ACC have concerns with the inclusion of the HEDIS 2016 measure in these core measure sets because of its potential to result in an increased population of patients with higher blood pressure,” write Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, president of the ACC, and Mark A. Creager, MD, FACC, president of AHA, in an editorial published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, American Heart Association, Blood Pressure, Blood Pressure Determination, Cardiology, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S., Consensus, Hypertension, Medicaid, Medicare

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