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NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership Focuses on Promoting Alignment and Reducing Measurement Burden

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) continues its work to help ensure quality measurement in federal healthcare programs is meaningful and minimizes burden for clinicians and other providers. In reports summarizing MAP’s most recent review of measures under consideration for clinician, hospital, and post-acute care programs, MAP provides recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on ways to reduce the burden of measurement and promote measure alignment. MAP stresses the need to balance removing measures from federal programs while maintaining a focus on important quality and public health issues and ensuring progress among low-performing providers. In its report on considerations for measures in hospital programs, MAP suggests CMS remove measures with unintended consequences, such as encouraging unnecessary treatment or worsening access issues for vulnerable patients.

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