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NQF Begins Accepting Public Comments to Review Quality Measures Used in Federal Programs

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) launched a seven-day public comment period (through May 25, 2022, at 6:00 PM ET) to solicit input on measures to consider removing from federal quality reporting and performance-based payment programs. First piloted in the 2021-2022 cycle, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated Measure Set Review (MSR) to offer a holistic review of quality measures with input from the Measure Applications Partnership’s (MAP) diverse stakeholders. MSR builds on and balances the MAP’s long-standing role of considering which measures to add to federal programs by now also considering which measures to remove.

32 measures are outlined for public comment that expand across six federal programs. These include 10 measures from the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP), seven measures from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), seven measures from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), five measures from the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program (Hospital OQR), two measures from the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, and one measure from the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program.

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