December 16, 2021

CMS Releases the 2022 Updates to the Adult and Child Core Health Care Quality Measurement Sets

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2022 updates to the Child and Adult Core Sets of Health Care Quality Measures. The core sets are a foundational tool for understanding the quality of healthcare provided in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). They help CMS and states assess the access to and quality of healthcare being provided to Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries and identify and improve understanding of health disparities.

Based on the input received through the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) annual review process, CMCS has added two new measures that now include the Colorectal Cancer Screening measure to the 2022 Adult Core Set. This measure supports efforts by CMS to assess healthcare disparities and address health equity, as colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States; research found disparities in screening rates for those with Medicaid versus commercially insured. The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) supports the inclusion of this measure in the Core Set.

Contact CMS for further assistance with reporting and quality improvement regarding the Child and Adult Core Sets.

For more information on Medicaid activities, contact Alicia Blakey, Senior Economic Policy Analyst.