The National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership on Feb. 1 sent the Department of Health and Human Services its final recommendations on more than 350 performance measures the agency is considering for federal health care programs in 2012, including value-based purchasing and the hospital inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs. The report supports about 40% of the measures and rejects 45%, mostly citing a lack of information to complete its evaluation of those measures.The MAP supports the remaining 15% of the measures in concept, but says they need to be further developed and tested before inclusion in the associated federal program.
The partnership also submitted a separate report outlining a performance measurement coordination strategy for home health care, nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals. “In response to the expansion of federal performance measurement programs for these settings, the timing is right to align measurement across settings, reduce data collection burden, and ultimately, facilitate patient-centered coordinated care,” the report states.
Both reports are available at www.qualityforum.org.
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