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EOHHS Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce

Learn about the Massachusetts Aligned Quality Measure Set and other initiatives of the Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce including the Health Equity Technical Advisory Group.

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Public Comment period for recommendations for the Taskforce to consider during its upcoming annual review of the Aligned Measure Set is open until December 9, 2022. Please see Aligned Measure Set: Public Comments section below to submit written feedback

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About the Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) and the Center for Health Information Analysis (CHIA), convened a Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce (“Taskforce”) in 2017. The primary goals of the Taskforce include building consensus on an aligned measure set for voluntary adoption by private and public payers and by providers in global budget-based risk contracts, identifying strategic priority areas for measure development where measure gaps exist, and advising on the measurement and reporting of health and health care inequities and accountability for reducing such inequities. The Taskforce’s membership includes representatives from provider organizations, commercial and Medicaid managed care health plans, academic experts, consumer advocates, and state agencies.

Taskforce Charter PDF | Word

  • EOHHS Quality Alignment Taskforce Report on Work through July 2018: October 2018 PDF | Word

About the Health Equity Data Standards and Accountability Groups

In support of the Taskforce’s goals to advise on the measurement and reporting of health and health care inequities and accountability for reducing such inequities, EOHHS convened a Health Equity Technical Advisory Group in 2022 which includes three subgroups: one focusing on measurement (this subgroup consists of the current Taskforce members), one focusing on data standards, and one focusing on accountability. Membership for the latter two groups was established through an open procurement process in December 2021. See About the Health Equity Data Standards and Accountability Groups section below for more information.

The Health Equity Technical Advisory Group is charged with recommending an aligned approach to:

  1. Standardizing data collection related to social risk factors including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, language, disability (RELD), sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex (SOGIS);
  2. Promoting and assuring completeness and integrity of RELD and SOGI data;
  3. Measuring and reporting on health and health care inequities; and
  4. Ensuring providers serving populations with disproportionate social risk, and the healthcare consumers attributed to them, are not unfairly disadvantaged by the introduction of accountability for reducing inequities.

Meeting summaries will be posted to this site when available. Please reach out to Quality.Alignment@chiamass.gov if you have any questions.

Health Equity Data Standards and Accountability Groups: Public Comments

Each group met a total of seven times between February and June, 2022, and produced the recommendations linked below. EOHHS is soliciting feedback from the public through July 15, 2022. Members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments by emailing Quality.Alignment@chiamass.gov. Please also direct any questions to this email.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Currently, there are no upcoming meetings scheduled. The Health Equity Data Standards and Accountability Technical Advisory Groups have concluded their original scope of work, and the Taskforce does not meet during the summer. Once Taskforce meetings are scheduled for the next cycle, beginning in September 2022, dates will be added here. Please reach out to Quality.Alignment@chiamass.gov if any questions.

Aligned Measure Set

The 2022 Measures and Implementation Parameters document (link below) puts forth the Massachusetts Aligned Measure Set for implementation starting January 1, 2022. The Taskforce will be tracking adoption by payers of the Aligned Measure Set in ACO contracts, and will report publicly on those findings.

  • 2023 Measures and Implementation Parameters PDF | Word
  • To request a copy of the measure specifications for the measures in the 2023 Aligned Measure Set, please email Quality.Alignment@chiamass.gov

See archive for information on the Aligned Measure Set for prior years.

Aligned Measure Set: Public Comments

Each year, the Taskforce conducts an annual review of its Aligned Measure Set to recommend changes to Secretary Sudders for adoption in contracts beginning January 1st of the following year. In January, the Taskforce will commence its annual review of the Aligned Measure Set for contracts beginning in 2024. The Taskforce invites members of the public to submit written recommendations for measures to include in the Aligned Measure Set by December 9, 2022, with a special request for measures or measure topics that relate to health equity. Submissions should be made to Quality.Alignment@chiamass.gov for the Taskforce’s review..

Please sign up below using the Sign up to stay in touch! link to be notified when the next public comment period opens.

2022 Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce Meeting Presentations

Meeting materials will be added here when they are available. Since there is a delay in posting materials here, interested parties can email Quality.Alignment@chiamass.gov to request to receive meeting presentations shortly after meetings occur.

Materials from the last 3 years are posted here, see archive for older materials, dating back to 2017.

2021 Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce Meeting Presentations

  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 47 – October 18, 2021 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 46 – June 21, 2021 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 45 – May 18, 2021 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 44 – April 20, 2021 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 43 – March 23, 2021 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 42 – February 23, 2021 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 41 – January 19, 2021 PDF | PPT

2020 Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce Meeting Presentations

  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 40 – November 18, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 39 – October 21, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 38 – September 9, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 37 – August 12, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 37 – HEDIS Digital Quality Measurement PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 36 – Health Equity Workgroup PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 36 - July 28, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 35 - June 30, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 34 - June 9, 2020 PDF | PPT
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 33 – February 28, 2020 PDF
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 32 – January 22, 2020 PDF

2019 Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce Meeting Presentations

  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 31 – December 09, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 30 – November 19, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 29 – Measure Alignment in RI (October 16, 2019) PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 29 – October 16, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 28 – September 23, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 27 – April 29, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 26 – March 20, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 25 – February 27, 2019 PDF | Word
  • Quality Measurement Taskforce Meeting 24 – January 23, 2019 PDF | PPT

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