The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aims to consistently and actively improve the healthcare industry anyway that it can. Recently announced, the CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) has set out to refine and define quality measures for providers all over the United States. Quality Measures are the tools and methods used to measure and put a number on the many different procedures in healthcare. These tools help us measure things like outcomes, patient’s opinions, and overall quality of care. CMS has been working on CMIT for a long time. Its intended purpose is to create an online tool that providers can use to find and use these measurements. Its goal is to increase transparency as well as make measures consistent across the map.
The blog on the CMS website wrote, “CMS is deploying an innovative tool that provides all stakeholders improved visibility into the portfolio of CMS measures.”
How is it set up?
Again, from the CMS blog, providers can access the tool online. CMIT is interactive and has that same information as the current Excel Spreadsheet. It provides a list of quality measures such as those that CMS is still working on. It also has all of the measures that are they are currently using and the ones that they are no longer using for quality programs.
The tool is set up so that it is easy to use for providers. They can quickly access different quality measures and find ones that relate to one another. CMS writes, “The tool increases transparency and can be used to identify measures across the continuum of care and will help coordinate measurement efforts across all conditions, settings, and populations.”
There is now more information pertaining to quality measures in this tool. A wider range of this information helps providers and physicians maintain a constant quality of care. They are able to stay accountable for this tool paired with other CMS programs.
CMS attempted to answer as many questions as they could with the new CMIT tool for quality measures. It lists the “dates of measure consideration and implementation, and measure specification including, but not limited to, numerator, denominator, exclusion criteria, measure type, and National Quality Forum endorsement status.” These details are combined for simple access to information.
CMS continues to increase transparency and consistency across healthcare field in the US. Through the new CMIT tool, quality measures are more available and accessible for providers across the country.