42 U.S. Code § 1320b–9b - Adult health quality measures
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(a) Development of core set of health care quality measures for adults eligible for benefits under Medicaid
The Secretary shall identify and publish a recommended core set of adult health quality measures for Medicaid eligible adults in the same manner as the Secretary identifies and publishes a core set of child health quality measures under section 1320b–9a of this title, including with respect to identifying and publishing existing adult health quality measures that are in use under public and privately sponsored health care coverage arrangements, or that are part of reporting systems that measure both the presence and duration of health insurance coverage over time, that may be applicable to Medicaid eligible adults.
(1) Recommended measures
Not later than January 1, 2011, the Secretary shall identify and publish for comment a recommended core set of adult health quality measures for Medicaid eligible adults.
Not later than January 1, 2012, the Secretary shall publish an initial core set of adult health quality measures that are applicable to Medicaid eligible adults.
(3) Standardized reporting
Not later than January 1, 2013, the Secretary, in consultation with States, shall develop a standardized format for reporting information based on the initial core set of adult health quality measures and create procedures to encourage States to use such measures to voluntarily report information regarding the quality of health care for Medicaid eligible adults.
(4) Reports to Congress
(5) Establishment of Medicaid quality measurement program
(A) In general
Not later than 12 months after the release of the recommended core set of adult health quality measures under paragraph (1))  , the Secretary shall establish a Medicaid Quality Measurement Program in the same manner as the Secretary establishes the pediatric quality measures program under section 1320b–9a (b) of this title.
(B) Revising, strengthening, and improving initial core measures
Beginning not later than 24 months after the establishment of the Medicaid Quality Measurement Program, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall publish recommended changes to the initial core set of adult health quality measures that shall reflect the results of the testing, validation, and consensus process for the development of adult health quality measures.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as supporting the restriction of coverage, under subchapter XIX or XXI or otherwise, to only those services that are evidence-based, or in anyway limiting available services.
(d) Annual State reports regarding State-specific quality of care measures applied under Medicaid
(1) Annual State reports
Each State with a State plan or waiver approved under subchapter XIX shall annually report (separately or as part of the annual report required under section 1320b–9a (c) of this title), to the Secretary on the—
(A) State-specific adult health quality measures applied by the State under the such  plan, including measures described in subsection (a)(5); and
(B) State-specific information on the quality of health care furnished to Medicaid eligible adults under such plan, including information collected through external quality reviews of managed care organizations under section 1396u–2 of this title and benchmark plans under section 1396u–7 of this title.
Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014, $60,000,000 for the purpose of carrying out this section. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall remain available until expended. Of the funds appropriated under this subsection, not less than $15,000,000 shall be used to carry out section 1320b–9a (b) of this title.
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Source(Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title XI, § 1139B, as added Pub. L. 111–148, title II, § 2701,Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 317; amended Pub. L. 113–93, title II, § 210,Apr. 1, 2014, 128 Stat. 1047.)
2014—Subsec. (b)(5)(A). Pub. L. 113–93, § 210(b), struck out at end “The aggregate amount awarded by the Secretary for grants and contracts for the development, testing, and validation of emerging and innovative evidence-based measures under such program shall equal the aggregate amount awarded by the Secretary for grants under section 1320b–9a (b)(4)(A) of this title”.