Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

About the Measure Sets

Q: What measure sets are included in the Buying Value Measure Selection Tool spreadsheet?

A: The following national measure sets are included in the spreadsheet (as of January 2017):

Name of Measure Set Version Date
Catalyst for Payment Reform Employer-Purchaser Measure Set October 2015
CMMI Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) CY 2017
CMMI SIM Recommended Model Performance Metrics May 2015
CMS Core Set of Children’s Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP (Child Core Set) CY 2017
CMS Core Set of Health Care Quality Measures for Adults Enrolled in Medicaid (Medicaid Adult Core Set) CY 2017
CMS Core Quality Measures Collaborative – ACO and PCMH/Primary Care Measures February 2016
CMS Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) CY 2017
CMS Health Home Measure Set CY 2017
CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing FY 2017 and FY 2018
CMS Medicare Hospital Compare May 2016
CMS Medicare Part C & D Star Ratings Measures CY 2017
CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO CY 2016
CMS Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) – General Practice/Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics CY 2017
Joint Commission Accountability Measure List CY 2017

Additionally, the following state measures sets are included in the spreadsheet (as of January 2017):

Name of Measure Set Version Date
Medi-Cal P4P Measure Set CY 2017
Oregon CCO Incentive Measures CY 2017
Oregon CCO State Performance “Test” Measures CY 2017
Rhode Island SIM Aligned Measure Set for ACOs CY 2017
Vermont ACO Pilot Core Performance Measures for Payment and Reporting CY 2016
Washington State Common Measure Set for Health Care Quality and Cost CY 2017

Q: I do not know what some of these measure sets are.  How do I find out more about them?

A: The “Links to Source Documents” tab in the spreadsheet lists all of the measure sets that are included in the tool, along with a brief description of the measure set, when the measure set was last updated, and links that will take you to each measure source website to learn more.

Q: For what time periods are these measure sets applicable?

A: The time period for which each measure set is applicable is usually noted in the “Version Date” column in the table above and throughout the Buying Value tool. “CY” (“calendar year”) is used to indicate the performance measurement year to which the measures are to be applied. There is one instance in which the performance measurement year is not the calendar year, but the federal fiscal year (indicated by “FY”). There are also some instances in which a measure set was not created for a specific measurement year. When this last scenario has occurred, we have noted the date that the measure set was published.

Q: What happens when these measure sets are updated?

A: We will revise the measures as updates become available. Please note that there may be a time lag between when a measure set is updated and when a new version of the Buying Value Measure Selection Tool may be available.

How to Use the Tool

Q: What is the best way to use the Buying Value Measure Selection Tool? Can I download the spreadsheet?

A: Yes, you can find the spreadsheet under “The Buying Value Measure Selection Tool” in the Resources section of the Buying Value Measure Selection Tool website. It is best if you save the spreadsheet if you intend to use it.

Q: I want to add a measure set that is not already included into the spreadsheet.  How can I do that?

A: You can add any measure set into the “Commercial and State Measure Sets” section of the tool. Type in the name of the measure set in row 5. Indicate the inclusion of a measure in the newly added measure set by typing “Yes” into the appropriate cells. The addition of these measures will automatically be included in the “Calculation” section of the tool. For more information, feel free to watch the “how-to” video (also found under “Step 3” under “The Buying Value Measure Selection Tool” portion of the website).

Technical Issues with the Tool

Q: I am unable to see all the fields in the spreadsheet.  What is the best way to view the spreadsheet?

A: To facilitate your ability to see the fields clearly in the spreadsheet, select “View” in Excel and click on “Zoom.” A Zoom dropdown box will appear and you can select 50% or 75%. This will better allow you to see the fields in the spreadsheet.

Q: I typed into a cell that used to have a formula and now certain information does not automatically populate.  What do I do?

A:  Once you have written over the formulas (either accidently or to add a measure that does not have an NQF number), everything in that row must be manually entered. If you change your mind, you will need to copy/paste a complete row with intact formulas, in order for that row to auto-populate in the future.

Q: I am scoring a measure that has an NQF number, but it is no longer endorsed.  Is there anything I should keep in mind moving forward?

A: Yes, a measure with an NQF number can only accurately receive a score of “yes” for the “Evidence-based and scientifically acceptable” criterion if the measure is currently endorsed by NQF.


Q: I have a question that has not been addressed on this website.  How can I ask it?

A: If you submit a question using the “Contact Us” section of our website, we will do our best to answer it.