Discern’s Summary of CMS’ Quality Conference

February 2019

CMS held its annual Quality Conference in Baltimore from January 29th to 31st.  About 3,000 attendees gathered to hear about CMS’ progress in improving quality and their strategy for measurement and payment innovation.  As the conference made clear, CMS is making a huge investment in quality measurement and improvement initiatives across its portfolio of programs.

Several Discern staff members were in attendance and prepared notes of some of the key sessions from the conference, especially those related to measures and innovative payment models. More information about the conference is available at https://www.cmsqualityconference.com/, including archived copies of many of the presentations.

A theme throughout the conference, from the plenary sessions to the break-outs, was the shift from process measures to outcome measures. CMS views this shift as a pillar of its Meaningful Measures initiative that will have repercussions for value-based care.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Discern staff if you have any follow-up questions or would like to discuss any of the topics covered.

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