Appendix 7: CMS Center Director Cindy Mann Letter to the Subcommittee
Department of Health & Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop 52-26-12
Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850
Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification
Dear Subcommittee Member:
On behalf of the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification (CMCS), I would like to thank you for agreeing to participate on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Subcommittee to the National Advisory Council (SNAC). We know that your expertise and experiences will support the work of the Subcommittee in identifying measures that assess the quality of care adults receive through the Medicaid program.
This is an exciting time in our history, as new legislative authorities provide opportunities to improve the quality of care to our beneficiaries. The Affordable Care Act extends coverage to large numbers of the nation's uninsured population, particularly adults. It also seeks to address challenges to the effectiveness and efficiency of our current health system by providing ways to improve the delivery of quality health care services for all Americans.
Over the next two days, your role as a SNAC member will be to participate in the process of identifying measurement priority areas for adults in Medicaid by sharing your experiences and knowledge. I know you will work to ensure that these measures reflect the broad array of needs of the low-income adult population, including seniors and people with disabilities, and your work will assist in identifying the initial set of measures that will be presented to Secretary Sebelius.
Your work will help inform CMCS efforts to improve care for adults enrolled in Medicaid, improve how this care is measured, and lead the nation in demonstrating improved health outcomes for adults. The initial core set of adult quality measures will serve as the groundwork for creating a standardized approach to assess the quality of care received by adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Thank you again for participating on the SNAC. We look forward to your contributions.
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