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Check it Out! Updated Measures Management System Website

The Measures Management System website  is now live.

The site has been reorganized into the following categories:

  • Measure System Overview: an introduction to the Measures Management System, a discussion of Quality Measures & You where you will find links for our variety of our stakeholders, the Quality Measures Inventory and information on Pre-Rulemaking (MUC)
  • Measure Development: the Blueprint, the measure development lifecycle by each phase, and information on stakeholder engagement
  • Get Involved: information on TEPs, public comments, calls for measures, and the MMS Listserv
  • Tools & Resources: information on Quality Programs (the complete list in one place!), Strategic Planning Documents and Reports, Resources such as webinars and tools useful for measure development, and links to related CMS sites
  • New to Measures: discussions on quality measures, how a measure becomes a measure, the relationship between quality measures and quality improvements, and how to get started in being involved in measure development
  • Popular Links: your shortcuts to Getting Involved, Calls for Measures, TEPs, Public Comments, the ListServ, and how to Contact Us.

The website was redesigned to be accessible for all stakeholders whether you are from the public and want to understand what quality measures are and how they are developed, you are a clinician who wants to be involved in measure development, or an experienced measure developer. It also focused on providing one authoritative, central location to access things like the measure programs or the inventory. And, we made it intuitive so that you could quickly navigate to what you need.

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) 

Using Geospatial Statistics to Analyze Medicaid Data National Learning Webinar (This Thursday, August 31, 2017)

To assist Medicaid and CHIP agencies, CMS’s Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) will host a state learning webinar this Thursday, August 31st from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET on the fundamentals of geospatial analysis. This webinar will provide an overview of geospatial statistics with a focus on how to evaluate map-based data analyses. In this interactive webinar, states will learn about several geospatial techniques and tools, including:

  • Map types and usage;
  • Key questions to ask when evaluating a map;
  • Descriptive versus inferential modeling; and
  • Hotspotting in health care.

Additionally, a guest speaker from the Camden Coalition will discuss how they use hotspotting to identify, target, and evaluate interventions in ways that are relevant to Medicaid. In addition to their work in Camden, they will discuss how they partner to analyze data in other communities across the country.

Upcoming Calls and Webinars

Today! Part D PDE Data and the Opioid Epidemic 

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 3:30-4:30pm ET.

The State Data Resource Center (SDRC) and its data experts will explore how State Medicaid Agencies can utilize Part D Prescription Drug Event (PDE) data to combat the opioid epidemic.  From the early 1990s to the early 2010s, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States has more than doubled, while the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has more than tripled during the 2000s and 2010s.  SDRC will illustrate which Part D PDE elements can maximize State Medicaid Agencies’ efforts to implement opioid-related care coordination and program integrity initiatives.  A brief Q & A session will follow the presentation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Each confirmation code is unique to the registered user. A forwarded webinar invitation and confirmation code will not be granted access to the webinar.
  • If a group of invitees want to view the presentation together in the same office or conference room, the SDRC Team recommends using one individual log-in for the webinar.
  • Prior to joining the webinar, SDRC recommends checking the System Requirements to ensure your computer meets the minimum audio and visual requirements.

Cost Factors & Rate Assumptions Template

Wednesday, September 13th from 1:30pm to 3pm

This training will roll out a new cost factors & rate assumption job aid which will include a table that states can fill out to summarize their cost factors/assumptions and final rates (including the ability to enter information for acuity tiers and/or geographic variation). Lewis & Ellis with assistance from Navigant Consulting is currently the training lead through the Rate Review Multi-Award Contract overseen by the Division of Long Term Services & Supports (DLTSS).  Lewis & Ellis and Navigant Consulting will present the training and Ralph Lollar, DLTSS Division Director, and the DLTSS Team will support the training and lead the Q&A Session.

To join the call (via computer or WebEx app) and webinar:

  1. Go to the webinar 
  2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
  3. Enter the session password: This session does not require a password.
  4. Click "Join Now".
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Option #2” To join Toll Free and follow along with slide deck:

  1. Dial: 1-844-396-8222 Your WebEx Meeting Number: 908 621 799
  2. Follow the instructions you hear on the phone.
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