Quality Measurement

Delivering high quality patient care is paramount to rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Implementation of evidence-based medicine and ongoing practice assessment/improvement help rheumatologists provide the best care possible. The ACR develops, tests, and endorses rheumatology quality measures that are clinically meaningful and relevant to rheumatologists and others who care for rheumatic disease patients.

ACR-Endorsed Measures

Find quality measures the ACR has approved for use in rheumatology clinical practice and research.

Disease Activity and Functional Status Assessments

Routine assessments of disease activity and functional status are a key part of high-quality rheumatologic care. The ACR endorses five rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity measures, as well as three RA functional status assessment measures for use in routine clinical practice.

White Papers

Methods for Developing the ACR’s Electronic Clinical Quality Measures
This ACR paper outlines the methodological approach the ACR uses for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development. Published October 2016

ACR White Paper on Performance Outcome Measures in Rheumatology
This ACR paper highlights the opportunities and challenges of developing and implementing performance outcome measures in rheumatology for accountability purposes. Published October 2016

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