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Public Comments

There are numerous ways for the public to comment on measures under development, under consideration, proposed for adoption, or other quality topics. The public can provide critical suggestions not previously considered by the measure developer or its technical expert panel (TEP), other interested party groups, or CMS program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a public comment, and why should I get involved?
  • Measure developers and other CMS contractors post open calls for input from the public, which provides them with an opportunity for the widest array of interested parties to provide input on quality topics, including measures under development. The public's feedback can provide critical suggestions not previously considered by the measure developer or the TEP. Public comment ensures a transparent process with balanced input from relevant interested parties.
  • After a public comment period closes, CMS may post summaries of the feedback.  Annually, as part of the pre-rulemaking process, CMS provides the CMS consensus-based entity (CBE) with a list of measures for consideration (MUC List) they are considering for adoption in CMS programs subject to Section 3014 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The CMS CBE convenes committees of interested parties to discuss the MUC List and provides their thoughts and justifications regarding which measures on the MUC List CMS should or should not adopt by February 1. The Department of Health and Human Services publishes the MUC List no later than December 1 and the public is welcome to comment on the measures.
  • Many CMS programs must use the rulemaking process to formally propose and finalize measures. The public may comment on proposed new measures and measures proposed to continue in a CMS program.
  • As part of the measure endorsement process, the CMS CBE, solicits public comments on measures seeking initial endorsement or maintenance of endorsement. The CMS CBE accepts comments on existing measures at any time.
What to include in a public comment?
  • If you are providing comments on behalf of an organization, include your organization’s name and your contact information.
  • If you are commenting as an individual, submit identifying or contact information.
  • Please indicate on which measure(s) or topics you are commenting.
  • You may submit general comments, if appropriate, or you may provide comments on a specific topic.
  • Do not include personal health information in your comments. CMS, HHS, and the CMS CBE may share your comments publicly.
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