What is a cluster? What is the MAV?

A cluster is a collection of clinically related measures.  A provider will avoid the PQRS penalty if he or she reports all of his or her Medicare patients for all of the measures contained within a cluster. The link for 2016 clusters and how it relates to the MAV can be found here: MAV.

MAV is the Measures Applicability Validation process.  A clinical relation/domain test is applied when a provider submits less than 9 measures across 3 NQS domains or 9 measures across less than 3 domains.  The MAV is used to determine whether or not a provider could have reported additional measures.  When successfully reporting using a “cluster” of clinically related measures and a cross-cutting measure, a provider should pass the MAV.

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