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Technical Expert Panels Overview

CMS contractors involved in quality activities, including measure development, are seeking individuals to join their technical expert panels who have expertise in relevant fields including clinicians, statisticians, quality improvement, methodologists, pertinent measure developers, and consumers. Person, family, and caregiver membership on technical expert panels (TEPs) is a very important part of the measure development, implementation, and maintenance processes, and can be very helpful in providing feedback on other quality projects. TEP members are chosen to provide input to the measure contractor based on their personal experience and training. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A TEP is a group of people that share ideas, expertise, and opinions to help develop a quality measure or address another quality topic.

    • TEPs work best with a diverse group of people, including individuals, family members, caregivers, healthcare professionals, patient advocates, statisticians, quality improvement experts, electronic health record vendors, and measure developers.
    • Depending on your background, you can offer a unique perspective thanks to your experience with the healthcare system. You can help create easily understood measures that are relevant and useful to other people experiencing care and services in the healthcare system. 
    • As individuals, you can help CMS put the experiences of those using the healthcare system first and help our healthcare system reach key quality priorities.
       
  • To help, TEP members use their knowledge and experience to

    • Review new measure ideas and help decide which measures to develop further.
    • Review results from the testing of measures that are currently in development.
    • Advise the measure developer on which measures to recommend to CMS based on criteria, including if persons find the measure(s) meaningful and important.
    • Provide feedback and recommendations on policies impacting national pubic reporting and value-based payment programs
    • Guide the development of key national documents guiding the future of quality measurement and quality activities across CMS.
    • Give feedback on other quality measurement and measure development topics. 
       
  • TEPs work best when made up of diverse people, such as

    • Individuals: persons participating in their health and wellness. This might be someone who sees their primary care practitioner once a year, gets home health services, uses home and community-based services, or uses hospital services.
    • Family members and caregivers: people supporting an individual receiving healthcare and need support making informed healthcare decisions. This can include informal or primary caregivers.
    • Clinicians: healthcare professionals providing care for individuals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals.
    • Facility representatives: representatives from organizations providing services and support to individuals including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, community-based providers, and outpatient centers.
    • Measure developers: organizations responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of quality measures.
    • Other stakeholder groups: those influencing healthcare, such as health insurance providers, academic researchers, and local, state, and federal government agencies.

    View current TEPs to see how you can get involved!

Last Updated: May 2022