Key Takeaways from the 2021 CMS Quality Conference

March 2021

From March 2-3, the CMS Quality Conference convened leaders across the health care spectrum, to explore how patients, advocates, providers, researchers, and champions in health care quality improvement can develop and spread solutions to address America’s more pervasive health system challenges. This year, themes included COVID response, addressing health inequities, identifying high value quality measures, lessons from value-based programs, reducing administrative burden, quality improvement innovation methods, and using data for actionable insights and impact.

Under the Biden administration, healthcare quality is still a key aspect of CMS’ activities, which can be seen in CMS’:

  • Quality Action Plan: An ongoing, multi-year strategy that aims to advance the CMS vision for the future of quality and to change the healthcare system to meet the needs that are being faced
  • Quality Vision: Using impactful quality measures to improve health outcomes and deliver value by empowering patients to make informed care decisions while reducing burden to clinicians
  • Quality Strategy:
    • Using Meaningful Measures to streamline and align quality measurement
    • Leveraging measures to drive improvement through public reporting and payment programs
    • Improving quality measures efficiency by a transition to digital measures and use of advanced data analytics
    • Empowering consumers to make best healthcare choices through patient-directed quality measures and public transparency
    • Leveraging quality measures to promote equity and close gaps in care

As CMS’ Medicare and Medicaid quality related policies have relevance for patients, providers, payers, and other healthcare stakeholders, Discern is happy to share our expertise on these core quality, measurement, and value-based care topics.

Download our summary of key sessions here.

For more information, please contact Gracelena Ignacio at

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