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NQF Issues 2016 Recommendations for Medicaid and CHIP Core Measures

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) released three new reports from its Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) that provide recommendations for core measures to improve the quality of care for the more than 87 million adults and children enrolled in Medicaid. The reports continue NQF’s foundational work to help the federal government assist states in improving Medicaid services using select, standardized measures.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a core set of children’s healthcare quality measures, known as the Child Core Set, in 2011, and published an initial core set of adult health care quality measures, the Adult Core Set, in 2012. States are increasingly using these core measure sets. All states and the District of Columbia (DC) reported on at least one Child Core Set measure in 2014, and the completeness of Child Core Set data is improving, with more states reporting measures for both Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. Meanwhile, 33 states and DC reported on Adult Core Set measures in 2014, up from 30 states in 2013, the first year in which states began reporting on Adult Core Set measures.

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