Access the Final Report: HHS-Sponsored Measure Registry Needs Assessment Final Report
As performance measurement and public reporting efforts have grown tremendously in recent years, it is becoming more and more difficult to determine which and how many versions of a measure exist and whether a measure is endorsed, in use, in retirement, and so on. Information on measures is currently collected and maintained in a variety of ways by stakeholders, such as: measure developers; entities involved in endorsement, certification, or accreditation; federal agencies; and a wide range of measure end-users including health plans, hospital and medical systems, and other providers of health services, local and state agencies, and multi-stakeholder alliances.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and others have expressed interest in being able to consistently identify and track measures and their related versions, including eMeasures, along the measure development, endorsement, and use pipeline. HHS has contracted with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to explore key issues and considerations for a single system or approach to gathering, storing, and accessing measure information. In its role as a neutral convener, NQF will gather perspectives and information from any interested stakeholders across the quality measurement enterprise. The information gathered through this process will be publicly available for review and use by any individual or organization.
To explore the degree of interest in and the potential value of having a consistent approach to tracking measures and their related versions along the measure development, endorsement and use pipeline, the needs assessment activities will include:
- An open call for information about current approaches for gathering, storing and accessing measure information, with a corresponding webinar to explore several current measure information systems.
- Discussions with key stakeholders to identify the degree to which they are interested in and would value a consistent way to track, house and/or access information about measures and their related versions as they progress along the measure development, endorsement, and use pipeline.
- A multi-stakeholder, in-person meeting to more deeply explore the key issues and considerations for developing a consistent approach or system to track measure versions and related information.
- A final report submitted to HHS that documents the insights, trade-offs, and any recommendations that stem from the preceding activities.
Note: NQF served as an objective covener for this HHS-sponsored project. However, given its role in quality measurement, NQF will be using the findings of this report to inform ways it can help address participating organizations' measure information needs.
This work is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, contact Anisha Dharshi at (202) 783-1300 or RNA@qualityforum.org.