Kentucky Sets New Healthcare Measurement Priorities

Kentucky now has an agreed upon set of healthcare measurement priorities. The Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set was developed through a public-private partnership between the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative. Kentucky is one of the first states in the country to enact a healthcare measurement set. The new core measures set contains 32 measures, a decrease from the currently 89 incented measures in Kentucky by various state and national programs. Measures are focused in the areas of prevention, pediatrics, chronic and acute care management, behavioral health, and cost/utilization. The purpose of this effort is to get Kentucky’s health plans and employers to reward primary care and pediatric providers on a shared set of relevant measures to drive improved health, quality of care, and value, to reduce administrative complexity, and to align healthcare organizations to have a shared focus.

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