KY Core Healthcare Measures Set

Driving health improvements through measurement alignment

Healthcare quality and cost measurement aims to provide better, more affordable care for individuals and the community. Measuring and incenting the right things is important but doing so requires experts to agree on what those things should be.

Creating a core set of healthcare measures to focus and align priorities is the first step toward aligning incentives around the things that matter. Experts from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky have created the Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set (KCHMS), which brings together the priorities of consumers, providers, payers, and purchasers. By focusing on everything, we focus on nothing. But by focusing on the right things, we can drive improvements.

The Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set consists of 38 primary care measures, intended to align measurement efforts toward shared areas of focus. This makes Kentucky one of the first states in the nation to create a healthcare measurement set.

“It was really exciting to contribute to such an important endeavor, joining with various stakeholders from around the state, working collectively to improve the health of the Commonwealth. By standardizing and aligning around key quality metrics, we are aiming to move the needle on population health, right here in Kentucky.”

Misty Roberts | Associate Vice President, Clinical Quality Officer | Humana Inc.


The KCHMS was created by the Kentucky Performance Measures Alignment Committee, made up of approximately experts from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Organizations with representatives on the committee include:

Aetna Better Health of Kentucky

Anthem BCBS

Ashland Children’s Clinic

Baptist Health


Estill Medical Clinic

Family Health Centers

Foundation for a Health Kentucky

Friedell Committee

GE Appliances, a Haier company


KY Department for Medicaid Services

Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Kentucky Health Information Exchange

Kentucky Hospital Association

Kentucky Nurses Association

KentuckyOne Health Partners

Kentucky Primary Care Association

Kentucky Regional Extension Center

Kentucky Rural Health Information Organization

Kentucky Voices for Health


Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation

Norton Healthcare

Papa John’s International Inc.

Passport Health Plan


St. Elizabeth Physicians

UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative

UK College of Medicine

UK Healthcare

WellCare of KY

White House Clinics

Sept 2019 Community Forum Resources

Missed our KHC Community Health Forum, “Driving Health Improvements Through Measurement Alignment,” or want to revisit the content? Download the speaker slide decks below.

Speaker Slide Decks

Advancing Quality Measurement and Improvement through Core Measures Sets

Chinwe Nwosu

America’s Health Insurance Plans and Core Quality Measures Collaborative (CQMC)

Developing and Adopting a Core Measures Set in Kentucky

Stephanie Clouser

Kentuckiana Health Collaborative

Other Event Resources

Event Agenda

Speaker Bios

2019 KCHMS Details



Measurement Alignment Efforts First Step Towards Driving Health Improvements in the Commonwealth

Call for Public Comment: Proposed Changes to KY Core Healthcare Measures Set

Call for Applications – 2019 Performance Measures Alignment Committee

Kentucky Core Measures Set Reflects Diversity of Thought, Collaboration

PMAC Participants Use Objective and Methodical Process to Select Core Measures

Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set Finalized

KY Core Measures Set Now Available for Comment

Members for KHC/KDMS Measurement Alignment Committee Announced

KHC Joins Forces with Other Healthcare Stakeholders in Measurement Alignment Initiative

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