Measure Development


PM Development

A brief look at the process

  1. Measure Conceptualization focuses on gathering a work group of subject matter experts to review the evidence for the concept and elements of the potential measures.  
  2. Measure Specification is conducted by the measure development work group and concentrates on the development of technical measure specifications which provide detail about the numerator, denominator, exclusions and exceptions. 
  3. Measure Testing allows us to see how feasible, reliable and valid the proposed measures are.
  4. During Measure Implementation the measures are submitted to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for reporting purposes and to the National Quality Forum (NQF) for measure endorsement. 
  5. Measure Use and Continuation of Maintenance is a pivotal part of the process. All programs using the measure(s) are monitored and the measure specifications are reviewed.

The AAOS adopted the measure development life cycle from the “Blueprint 12.0” developed by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).  

Click here to see the complete flowchart of the process that AAOS implements for development. 


Want to learn more? Contact Jackie Ryan, Manager of Performance Measures at ryan@aaos.org

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