The Buying Value Measure Selection Tool was created in response to provider complaints about being increasingly subject to growing numbers of measures from payers and regulators.

This problem taxed provider quality measurement and improvement resources, making it impossible for responsible providers to address each contractual and regulatory mandate.

This web site contains a suite of resources to help a state or another entity that wishes to lead an effort to design a measure set that will align with other priority national measure sets, as well as those that may already be in use in a state or region.

The central tool — a large Excel file titled the “Measure Selection Tool Spreadsheet”—contains major national measure sets as of December 2016 and their component measures that are applicable for assessing primary care practices, hospitals and ACOs. It does not contain extensive specialty-specific measures at this time.

The Measure Selection Tool was initially developed on behalf of the former Buying Value Project, an initiative of private and public health care purchasers founded by Gerry Shea in 2012 to promote and facilitate value-based purchasing. The Tool was created after research in 2013 showed widespread lack of alignment among health quality measure sets then in use by public and private purchasers at all levels.

Besides launching the Tool, The Buying Value Project issued consensus recommendations on how to align measure sets overtime through multi-stakeholder processes at the national, state and sub-state levels. These recommendations, along with a primer on value-based purchasing and a legal brief on how purchasers could work together without conflicting with anti-trust law and regulations, are available under the Resources tab of this website.


This website and its resources are made possible by financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.