The Measure Applications Partnership is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF) to provide input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures.
On February 1, 2013, MAP submitted the following report to HHS:
October 1, 2012, MAP submitted two reports to HHS:
- MAP Pre-Rulemaking Report: 2013 Recommendations on Measures Under Consideration by HHS includes a review of more than 500 measures submitted by HHS. The measures apply to nearly 20 federal programs.
- MAP Strategic Plan: 2012 - 2015 outlines a three-year strategic plan for MAP. The plan offers actionable steps to make MAP's work more useful to a variety of stakeholders across public and private sectors, and representative of a true partnership in pursuit of national improvement priorities.
- MAP Families of Measures: Safety, Care Coordination, Cardiovascular Conditions, Diabetes report presents a new way of thinking about and organizing measures for use — called families of measures. The families of measures will serve as a starting place and guide for MAP's recommendations to HHS about the best available measures for specific programs, that are also related across multiple care settings. This report focuses specifically on measures for safety, care coordination, cardiovascular conditions, and diabetes.
June 1, 2012, MAP submitted four reports to HHS:
- Measuring Healthcare Quality for the Dual Eligible Beneficiary Population: Final Report to HHS is MAP's second report to address a strategic approach to performance measurement in that unique and clinically complex group. The report discusses a core set of available measures, potential modifications to existing measures, gap areas for future measure development, as well as potential applications and alignment opportunities.
- The Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy for Hospice and Palliative Care provides a strategy to enhance alignment with a focus on three key areas: 1) high-leverage measure concepts for hospice and palliative care to promote common goals across programs; 2) measures that can be readily incorporated into hospice and palliative care measurement programs; and 3) a pathway for improving measure application.
- The Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy for PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals identifies four major focus areas: 1) priorities for measuring performance in PPS-exempt cancer hospitals; 2) a core set of available measures plus measure development, endorsement, and implementation gaps; 3) data and health information technology (health IT) considerations; and 4) implications for measuring performance in cancer care beyond PPS-exempt cancer hospitals.
- MAP's Approach to the Strategic Plan establishes MAP's goal and outlines tactics for achieving its objectives. The strategic plan approach will inform MAP's Strategic Plan which will be completed in October 2012.
MAP previously submitted a series of five reports to HHS:
- The MAP Pre-Rulemaking Report: Input on Measures Under Consideration by HHS for 2012 Rulemaking includes a review of more than 350 measures submitted by HHS in December 2011. The measures apply to nearly 20 federal healthcare programs.
- The MAP Coordination Strategy for Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care Performance Measurement report makes recommendations on aligning measurement, promoting common goals for PAC and LTC providers, filling priority measure gaps, and standardizing care planning tools.
- Readmissions and Healthcare-Acquired Conditions Performance Measurement Strategy Across Public and Private Payers presents a coordination strategy for aligning performance measurement with specific recommendations on a national core set of safety measures, data elements, and incentive structures – all approaches to reducing healthcare-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions.
- Coordination Strategy for Clinician Performance Measurement provides recommendations for coordinating clinician performance measurement across federal programs, with focus on alignment of measures and data sources, reducing duplication and burden, identifying characteristics of an ideal measure set, and promoting standardized data elements linked to achieving overall national aims for improved health and healthcare.
- Strategic Approach to Performance Measurement for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries is an interim report outlining a strategic approach to performance measurement for the dual eligible beneficiary population. It presents a vision, guiding principles, high-leverage opportunities for improvement, high-need population subgroups, illustrative measures, and considers issues related to data sources and program alignment.
As background to MAP's work, NQF sponsored a report from RAND, Payment Reform: Analysis of Models and Performance Measurement Implications