Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set

Providing the foundation for quality healthcare measurement in Kentucky and Kentuckiana

What is the Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set?

The Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set (KCHMS) is a set of quality measures, primarily based on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), which is used by more than 90% of health plans nationally to measure healthcare performance on care and service. The KCHMS was established as a mechanism to collect and monitor healthcare quality measures in Kentucky and Kentuckiana. The overall goals are to:

  1. Improve the quality and value of care by focusing attention on measures
    that are meaningful and broadly applicable;  
  2. Reduce provider reporting complexity; 
  3. Align Kentucky’s healthcare organizations around a common set of quality

The KCHMS consists of 42 primary care quality measures that serve as the foundation for the KHC’s Consolidated Measurement Reporting (CMR). Learn more about the Consolidated Measurement Reports here.

Who developed the KCHMS?

Under the leadership of KHC, the first KCHMS was released in 2018 and was developed using a highly collaborative, consensus-based process by a team of multi-stakeholder partners from across the Commonwealth. The KCHMS reflects the priorities of consumers, providers, payers, and purchasers. See the list of organizations with representatives on the KCHMS for previous cycles here.

When will the KCHMS be updated?

The KCHMS is updated in a bi-yearly process. The KHCMS will be updated in late 2023/early 2024. Stay tuned for more information about how you and your organization can get involved!