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Measure Methodology Reports

Mortality Measures

The methodology and updates reports listed below describe the methods used to develop the risk-standardized mortality measures, and the 2016 measure updates and quality assurance activities.

Additional rationale of CMS’s methodological decisions during development and re-evaluation of the mortality measures is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF-973 KB) document.

2016 Mortality Measures Updates

CMS contracted with a team of clinical and statistical experts from Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (YNHHSC/CORE) to develop, and annually re-evaluate and update the mortality measures. The 2016 reports describe re-evaluation activities conducted in preparation for the 2016 public reporting cycle.

Previous annual measure updates and specifications reports can be found on the Mortality Measures Archived Resources page.

Mortality Measures Development (original methodology reports)

The following reports provide measure development background and rationale, description of YNHHSC/CORE’s model development and testing approach, and detailed measure specifications.

Condition-specific mortality measures:

Procedure-specific mortality measures:

Additional information about the measure methodology is available on the Mortality Measures Published Literature page.

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