The National Quality Forum (NQF) convened a group of healthcare leaders and experts to begin its review of performance quality measures under consideration for use in federal healthcare programs affecting more than 64 million Americans. Public comments on the measures may be submitted now through December 7.
The review is part of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership that has been convened annually by NQF since 2011 and is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). MAP will review a total of 52 unique measures and 81 measure combinations affecting 17 public programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The measures being reviewed are under consideration for the following federal health programs: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program; End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program; Home Health Quality Reporting Program; Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program; Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program; Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program; Long-Term Care (LTC) Hospital Quality Reporting Program; Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs); Medicare Part C & D Star Ratings; Merit-based Incentive Payment System; Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program; Rural Emergency Hospital Quality Reporting Program; Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program; and Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program.