• Key dates to submit comments and contribute to the discussion

    The National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) has begun its annual review of standardized performance measures that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering for use in federal programs. The initial public comment period for the Measures Under Consideration (MUC)list has closed, and the next public comment opportunity will open on Friday, December 21.

    The release of the MUC list for comment marks the beginning of an intensive two-month review of 39 performance measures for federal public reporting and payment programs, including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) program legislated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

    Save the date for the following MAP in-person meetings:

    NQF has convened MAP annually since 2011, bringing together more than 135 healthcare leaders and experts from over 90 private- and public-sector organizations to provide recommendations on the high-impact measures that will improve health and healthcare. MAP volunteers represent consumers, purchasers, employers, health plans, clinicians and providers, communities and states, suppliers, and federal agency liaisons. The MAP Coordinating Committee and workgroups identify measurement gaps across settings, prioritizes high-impact measures, and recommends alignment of measures across federal programs.

    MAP will deliver its measure recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by February 1, 2019, and publish its reports in February and March 2019.

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