The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) employs a transparent process in the selection and specification of quality measures. The agency seeks input from stakeholders and national experts before issuing rulemakings on measures. One way CMS collects feedback is by tasking measure contractors to convene technical expert panels (TEPs).
A TEP is a group of stakeholders and experts who provide technical input to a measure contractor on the development, selection, and maintenance of measures for which the contractor is responsible.
Each TEP has different project objectives, such as providing input on the selection, development, and maintenance of measures. Generally, TEP members inform the direction and development of a measure and provide input on potential revisions to the measure throughout the development process.
Assembling the Panel
The contractors that convene TEPs aim to involve a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, from clinicians, statisticians, quality improvement experts, methodologists, and pertinent measure developers, as well as patients and other consumers. Approximately 9‐15 individuals are chosen from submitted nominations to provide input to the CMS measure contractor based on their personal expertise.
Format of the Panel
Participation in a TEP is voluntary. TEPs provide expertise on a particular topic and are advisory to the CMS contractor. The TEP meets in person and/or via webinar and telephone, and then provides feedback to the contractor. Each TEP is dissolved at the conclusion of its work.
To serve on a TEP, you generally must submit the following information:
- Completed and signed TEP nomination form (self‐nominations are welcome);
- Letter of interest (not to exceed 2 pages) highlighting experience and knowledge relevant to the described measure; and
- Curriculum vitae or an equivalent list of relevant experience.
Benefits of Volunteering on a TEP
The TEP selection process is competitive; membership demonstrates both expertise in your field and a commitment to your profession, which will be reflected on your CV for years to come. As a TEP member, you make invaluable contributions to your area of expertise and raise recognition of the physical therapy profession. While serving on a TEP requires a small time commitment, the time is well spent, as TEP meetings and conference calls are a great way to develop networks and make contacts with fellow experts from across the nation.
If you are interested in serving on a TEP, please contact the advocacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on opportunities and how to apply.