Measure Applications Program Reports on Improved Coordination for Healthcare Safety to HHS

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The Measures Application Partnership has released its first two reports to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, each pointing to specific opportunities for more coordinated approaches to making healthcare safer and enhancing clinician performance.   

MAP, a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum, was created for providing input to HHS on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs.

 

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One report, Readmissions and Healthcare-Acquired Conditions Performance Measurement Strategy Across Public and Private Payers, identifies three focus areas for aligning public and private efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions and readmissions, including the establishment of a national core set of safety measures that are applicable to all patients.

The second report, Clinician Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy, identifies characteristics of an ideal performance measure set for assessing clinician performance, including longitudinal measures and considerations for healthcare disparities. Following an evaluation of the proposed Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier set, the report noted the absence of patient experience measures and a need for greater emphasis on healthy living, care coordination, affordability, safety and attention to disparities.

The report also advances measure selection criteria as a tool to evaluate and recommend measure sets for specific public reporting and performance-based payment programs.

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