Getting Started with CMIT

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What is the CMS Measures Inventory Tool?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) is the repository of record for information about the measures CMS uses to promote healthcare quality and quality improvement. CMS and its partners use CMIT to inform stakeholders, manage its measures portfolio, and guide measure development. The CMS Measures Inventory consists of measures in CMS programs that are subject to the rule-making process and have been proposed, finalized, implemented, or removed per their respective Federal Rule. CMIT is regularly updated using Measure Specification Manuals and validated by CMS Program and Measure Leads.
CMIT consists of two websites:
  • A Public Access Site to the measure inventory which requires no authentication and has limited tools and features, and
  • A Controlled Access Site which requires an account to access all of the available tools and features. E-mail our support to request an account on the controlled access site.
For more information about CMIT, read more in About this Site, or download the full user guide in a separate window.
How to Search
The Measure Inventory page will automatically load the full measure inventory upon login or arrival to the site. Enter one or more key terms or keywords in the search box and hit enter or click the search button to search the Measure Inventory. CMIT assigns a relevance value to each measure when it returns search results.
How CMIT Searches:
  • CMIT will search all fields in the inventory and is not case-sensitive.
  • CMIT will return all measures containing at least one of the terms entered.
  • CMIT will also search for common synonyms of those terms (e.g., searching for "juvenile" will yield results for "adolescent").
  • CMIT will apply stemming to search for words sharing the same root (e.g., searching for "treat" will return results for "treating", "treatment", and "treated").
Search relevance increases with:
  • The number of terms appearing in the measure
  • The number of times each term appears in the measure
  • The appearance of each term in an important column (e.g., the Measure Title)
Conducting an Advanced Search
You can prefix each of the terms with a "+" or "-" to indicate that the keyword must appear or must not appear, respectively. Additionally, you can search for a phrase by enclosing a series of terms in double quotes. The table below provides several examples of advanced searches.

EXAMPLE DESCRIPTION
aspirin cardiac Returns all measures which contains either aspirin or cardiac. CMIT will rank measures which contain both terms higher than those which only contain one or the other.
+aspirin cardiac hospital Returns all measures which contain aspirin and either cardiac or hospital. CMIT will rank measures which contain more of the terms higher.
+aspirin +cardiac Returns all measures which contain both aspirin and cardiac.
aspirin -cardiac Returns all measures which contain aspirin and do not contain cardiac.
"kidney disease" Returns all measures which contain the phrase "kidney disease".
Using Filters to Refine Search Results
To refine the full Measure Inventory or search results, you can select one or more of the filters listed on the left side of the page.
Single & Multiple Filters Selection
Some filters allow for only one selection (e.g., Measure Type), while other filters allow for multiple selections (e.g., Current Status). The available selections will automatically adjust based on which filter values are selected. The numbers beside each filter selection indicate how many measures in the current results have that value. Once the desired filter or filters have been selected, click the close button (X) to the top right to close out of the filter dialog to see the measure inventory with the filters applied.
How the Filter Selections Function
Selected filter values are combined using "AND" logic, both between and within the search terms (e.g., selecting the filters for Program > Hospital Compare and for Status > Implemented will return only those measures associated with the Hospital Compare program AND with a status of Implemented).
Clearing Filters
Each selected filter will appear above the search results table. Filters can be removed by clicking on the specific filter button. Click the "Clear All" button to remove all filter selections.
Sorting Content in the Search Results Table
After performing a search, the content in the search results table is automatically sorted by relevance. Click the double arrow icon to sort the table by a different column. Columns can be sorted in ascending or descending order.
Auto-Sort by Relevance
Sort by Ascending/Descending Order
Click the column once for ascending order, and click it twice for descending order.
Moving Columns
The columns can also be moved to a preferred location in the search results table. Click and hold the column heading, and drag it to the desired location. A blue line will be visible underneath to indicate where the column will be placed when released.
Using the Table Controls to Manage Content
The "Table Controls" area beneath the search bar contains buttons for managing the search results.
Show/Hide Columns
The "Show/Hide Columns" button allows for showing and hiding different columns of information in the search results table. Any changes made to the columns will remain as the default selection for the next search.
Horizontal Scrolling
If more columns are selected than can fit in the available table width, a horizontal scroll bar will appear at the bottom of the table.
Customize Table View (Controlled Access)
The "Save View" button saves the keywords and filters used as part of a search. The "Open View" button drops down a list of previously saved searches. The view includes the selected columns, column order, and sort order. Changing the table view only changes how the search results appear, the table view does not affect the search results or filters applied.
Saving Searches (Controlled Access)
The "Save Search" button saves the keywords and filters used as part of a search. The "Open Search" button drops down a list of previously saved searches. Opening a saved search will use the same keywords and filters used as part of the saved search.
Export Excel File
The "Export Excel File" button exports all of the measure results in the search results table. The excel file will be downloaded by the browser, and saving the download will vary by browser. The exported file will contain all columns that are selected, even it if the columns are not horizontally visible at the time of export.
Help Information and Definitions
Help links are provided throughout the site to provide assistance when needed. Simply look for the question mark icon near the feature in question, and click the text link to view help information.
Tool Tips
CMIT also includes tool tips to provide definitions for table content. Column headings and row headings will have a question mark icon to indicate when a tool tip is available for specific content, although most headings will have tool tips provided. Hover over the icon with your mouse to view the definition associated with the heading.
Measure Inventory Overview
The Measure Inventory search results table contains detailed information for each measure, including the measure title, programs, NQF endorsement status, NQF ID, measure groups, quality domain, development stage, healthcare priorities, and other measure specifications. As searches are conducted and filters are applied to the Measure Inventory, the number of Measure Results and Measure Program Results will adjust based on the search and filter criteria. The Measure Inventory is periodically updated with the latest measure information, and the last updated date is located directly below the measure results. The Measure Inventory page displays measure results in two view types: Measure Results and Measure Program Results.
Measure Results View
The Measure Results view provides a list of measures along with other measure details. The search results table contains one measure per row, including a column listing all associated programs.
Measure Program Results View
The Measure Program Results view contains one result per measure and program combination. A measure name will be repeated for each program with which it is associated. Note that the counts returned are the number of measure program combinations, not necessarily the number of discrete measures.
Measure Properties
Click the Measure Title link in the search results table on the Measure Inventory page to view the properties for a measure.
Measure Properties Page
The Measure Properties page includes tabs for the Measure Properties, Developer/Steward, Characteristics, Measure Groups, Programs, Links and Environmental Scan (Controlled Access Only).
Measure Program Details
The Programs tab includes the programs associated with the selected measure. The header for each program shows the current status of the measure within the program as well as the next upcoming status change and effective date. Clicking on an individual program header will expand to show the Current Measure Status, Upcoming Status Changes, and Historical Statuses, along with supporting status information.
Similar Measures
The Measure Properties page includes a Similar Measures tab containing four sets of measures that are similar to the selected measure. Each of the four sets is formed by comparing a different set of fields:
  • Most Similar Measures Overall
  • Most Similar Measures Based on Measure Focus (Numerator)
  • Most Similar Measures Based on Target Population (Denominator, Conditions, Subconditions)
  • Most Similar Measures Based on Quality Construct (Rationale, Evidence, Setting)
Within each set, CMIT compares the measures using only the noted data fields. The more terms the two measures share within those data fields, the more similar they are considered to be. The tables display the 10 measures most similar to the current measure, showing the most similar measure first. Clicking the Compare button will take you to the Measure Comparison page to review the similarities and differences between the measures.
Measure Summary
By default, the Measure Summary displays the count of measures by status and program with the CMS programs automatically sorted in alphabetical order.
Clicking the "Choose Variables" button at the top of the page allows you to change the variables in the summary report. You can select any two measure attributes (e.g., data source and conditions) to view in the summary table.
To view the measures in a program, click the program name in the first column. It will take you to the measure inventory with the corresponding Programs filter applied. The number of measures listed in the table are also linked, and clicking the corresponding number will take you to the measure inventory with both filters applied.
The Measure Summary table can be exported as an excel file, but the interactive links are not included in the file.
Measure Comparison
CMIT can compare up to 3 individual measures from the Measure Inventory. Select the measures to compare by clicking the checkbox in the "Add to Measure Comparison" column. CMIT automatically adds them to the Measure Comparison page. The number of measures selected appears next to the Measure Comparison tab at the top of the Measure Inventory page.
Multiple searches and refinement using filters can be conducted in order to find measures for comparison. Measures selected for comparison will not be removed until they are manually removed from the Measure Comparison page.
Once the desired measures have been selected, click on the Measure Comparison tab at the top of the page.
Measures are compared side-by-side in a table, with the differences shown first. The differences between the measures are highlighted in yellow. Unchecking the "Show Differences First" checkbox will sort the measures the same order they appear on the Measure Details page: Properties, Steward, Characteristics, and Groups.
To remove measures, click the close button (X) at the top right of each measure column.
Download the User Guide
Download the CMIT User Guide (PDF) if you would like more detailed information about CMIT.