Dec 16, 2021 – The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (Coalition) congratulates the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) for their completion this fall of a three year Palliative Care Measures Project funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

AAHPM, in partnership with the Coalition and the RAND Corporation, was awarded a $5.5 million three-year grant from CMS to develop patient-reported quality measures for community-based palliative care with the intention for submission to the National Quality Forum for endorsement and for use in CMS’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Over the three-year period, two new patient reported experience measures were developed and rigorously tested and are now available for palliative care and other clinicians to implement in their practice. Specifically, the measures assess the quality of care provided by asking: 1) How much patients felt heard and understood, and 2) If the patients got the help they wanted for their pain.

“The measures address the most significant gaps in care today – patient centered, effective symptom care and communication – and it has been an honor for the Coalition to be a partner on this project and lead the way with stakeholder engagement activities.” Amy Melnick, MPA, Executive Director of the Coalition, stated. “We are especially proud that the new measures incorporated patient, caregiver and family input in addition to clinical and other stakeholder feedback during the entire measure development process, thanks to our unique partnership with the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF).”

To learn more about the measures, view the project website or contact Katherine Ast, AAHPM Director of Quality and Research (info@aahpm.org).