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NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership Identifies Opportunities to Reduce Measure Burden in Federal Healthcare Programs

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The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) is defining new ways to ensure quality measurement is improving healthcare for patients while reducing burden for clinicians and other providers. In a recently released report, MAP recommends significant improvements to measure sets used in federal programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) annually seeks out and considers MAP’s analyses and guidance in the federal rulemaking process for quality and efficiency measures used in various payment and public reporting programs.  Specifically, MAP recommends that HHS consider the future removal of 51 of 240 measures currently used in seven federal healthcare value-based purchasing, public reporting, and other programs. MAP also provides recommendations for improving measure sets used in nine additional federal programs. In order for CMS to act on these recommendations, it will likely need to engage in rulemaking as well as consider other programmatic needs not taken into account by the MAP process.

MAP guidance on future removal of measures includes:

  • ESRD Quality Incentive Program: 4 measures suggested for removal; 18 current measures
  • PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program: 4 measures suggested for removal; 17 current measures
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting Program: 2 measures suggested for removal; 15 current measures
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program: 7 measures suggested for removal; 20 current measures
  • Outpatient Quality Reporting Program: 13 measures suggested for removal; 29 current measures
  • Inpatient Quality Reporting Program: 6 measures suggested for removal; 62 current measures
  • Home Health Quality Reporting Program: 15 measures suggested for removal; 79 current measures

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