Core Quality Measures Collaborative: A Coalition for Better Care

We see yet another move closer to a more value-based health care system that is aligned around a core set of measures—measures that can be influenced by providers and are meaningful to patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) have partnered with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to form the Core Quality Measures Collaborative (CQMC).


The CQMC is a coalition of health care leaders, including NCQA, CMS, health insurance providers, primary care/specialty societies, and consumer/employer groups.  Members work together to identify core measure sets— specific groups of high value, evidence-based, and patient-focused measures for consistent use across a broad set of programs. Through promotion of the core measure sets, the CQMC aims to promote quality measure alignment across public and private payers, reduce provider measure reporting burden, offer consumers actionable information about provider performance, and improve care quality and health outcomes.

Synergy for Simplicity

“I’m so glad we can contribute to the work of the CQMC! The goal of simplifying measurement and reducing burden on clinicians is vital to improving health care quality,” said Dr. Mary Barton, NCQA Vice President and our representative for the collaborative.

Mary Barton, VP of Performance Measurement and CMQC Representative

The collaborative’s objective is to improve existing measure sets and to create additional sets when it makes sense. It aims to improve measure set implementation across care settings by addressing potential barriers or burdens.

“We believe this is the beginning of a new era in patient care and empowerment, and we celebrate the advancement of alignment to promote more actionable and useful quality information.” said Kate Goodrich, Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer.

For more information, please visit the CQMC website. You may also request more information or submit your questions at

One thought on “Core Quality Measures Collaborative: A Coalition for Better Care

  1. I find it so interesting how you want to be so very proud of how your organization creates ways to provide quality of care for the members of health plans. I’ve been in healthcare my entire career so I have a better understanding than the general public. This morning as I attempt to go on to my to enroll in our new health insurance I can’t finish the registration process. Attempted at least 5 times, then decided to call the 866-633-2446 on the back of the card, with the phrase “ call anytime to speak with a nurse” and UHC’s recording says call back Mon-Friday 8am-8pm. Please tell me small but very important items such as these are confirmed as a carrier goes thru your accreditation process! If so, you all missed it, If you all don’t confirm/verify this info shame on you. You all just like the carriers are so far out of touch with providing the simple items as true provider care, real communication, etc. It truly is a terrible process you all have helped create that the members is only used for provide profit, clueless about care. Quit being part of the problem, be a solution. That is without a doubt a revolutionary idea in our world of healthcare insurance/care. Scary to look towards the future of healthcare with organizations like this.

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