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Information on public comment periods, nominations, and ways to get involved with measurement science.

Public Comment Periods

National Quality Forum (NQF)

NQF is a consensus-standards setting organization that brings together diverse organizations with an interest in healthcare — patients, caregivers, hospitals, healthcare systems, clinicians, insurers, employers, and many more. NQF sets standards for quality measurement, recommends measures for use in payment and public reporting programs, and provides tools to help healthcare decision-makers.

NQF measures and standards serve as a critically important foundation for initiatives to enhance healthcare value, make patient care safer, and achieve better outcomes. Expert committees that are comprised of various stakeholders, including patients, providers, and payers, evaluate measures for NQF endorsement.

The ACR has two measures in two different measure portfolios available for public comment until September 7, 2021.

  • Neurology Project: Stenosis Measurement in Carotid Imaging Reports (#0507)

This measure requires that the estimate of stenosis included in the report of the imaging study employ a method such as the North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (NASCET) method for calculating the degree of stenosis. This measure has been endorsed since 2013. Commenters must have an NQF account to submit a comment. To view the full measure specifications, please click here.

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  • Patient Safety Project: Weighted Average of 3 CT Exam Types: Overall Percent of CT exams for which Dose Length Product is at or below the size-specific diagnostic reference level (for CT Abdomen-pelvis with contrast/single phase scan, CT Chest without contrast/single phase scan, CT Head/Brain with contrast/single phase scan) (#3621)

This measure is a composite of three previously approved QCDR measures, ACRad 31, ACRad 32, and ACRad 33. The ACR combined these into a multi-strata measure in 2018 to consolidate the concept of radiation safety for CT exams to a single measure for optimal radiation dose. Each measure captures how well radiation exposure from the scanner is adjusted for patient size (SSDE) and how well total radiation exposure from an exam is optimized (DLP). Having three component measures allows physicians and facilities to accurately view which body area exam may require further improvement on dose protocols. Commenters must have an NQF account to submit a comment. To view the full measure specifications, please click here.

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Submit Your Quality Measure Concept for Development

Committed to supporting your practice, the ACR is seeking concepts for measure development prioritization! Submit your measure concept to support the delivery of high-quality care in Radiology.

Measure concepts are sought regardless of their stage of development (e.g., from high-level ideas to detailed measures in use). The ACR Measurement Strategy Group will review candidate measure concepts. Those concepts meeting the criteria for high priority will be charged for development or refinement by the ACR Metrics Committee.

The measure concepts developed or refined by the Metrics Committee into fully formed measures are intended for use in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) either through the ACR Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) or as a MIPS clinical quality measure (CQM). Both measure reporting pathways are directly linked to physician payment under CMS' MIPS regulation.

Measure concepts submitted for prioritization may address a variety of topics or include concepts for updating current MIPS measures. Please complete the Measure Concept Vetting Form here. All submissions require a completed Evidence Source Form linked here.

Questions regarding this opportunity should be sent to measure.development@acr.org.