• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set to receive MAP recommendations by January 24

    The National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) begun the initial stages of its intensive two-month review as part of its pre-rulemaking guidance to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The MAP Coordinating Committee meets January 15 to finalize the pre-rulemaking recommendations. MAP will deliver final measure recommendations to HHS on January 24, 2020.

    MAP reviews standardized performance measures and makes recommendations to HHS for 18 federal programs that use measures for public reporting or payment purposes, 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).

    In addition to recommending measures for use in federal programs, MAP has provided feedback on current measure sets and guidance on measure removal criteria. MAP’s important role contributes to reducing the administrative burden of measurement while ensuring that the measures in use are high-value measures.

    For the ninth consecutive year, NQF will convene MAP, which includes more than 150 healthcare leaders and experts from nearly 100 private and public sector organizations. MAP volunteers represent consumers, purchasers, employers, health plans, clinicians and providers, communities and states, suppliers, and federal agency liaisons. The MAP hospital, clinician, and post-acute and long-term care (PAC/LTC) workgroups identify measurement gaps across settings, prioritize measures, and recommend areas for alignment.

    MAP will deliver its measure recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by January 24, 2020 and publish its reports in February and March 2020.