Measure Applications Partnership 


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MAP is a public-private partnership that reviews performance measures for potential use in federal public reporting and performance-based payment programs, while working to align measures being used in public- and private-sector programs. MAP is the first group of its kind to provide upstream, pre-rulemaking input to the federal government on the selection of measures.

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Background

The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF). MAP was created to provide input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs. NQF was selected by HHS to fulfill a statutory requirement to convene multi-stakeholder groups to:

  • Identify the best available performance measures for use in specific applications.
  • Provide input to HHS on measures for use in public reporting, performance-based payment, and other programs.
  • Encourage alignment of public- and private-sector performance measurement efforts.

In convening MAP, NQF brings together stakeholder groups in a unique collaboration that balances the interests of consumers, businesses and purchasers, labor, health plans, clinicians and providers, communities and states, and suppliers.

MAP operates in a thoroughly transparent manner, broadcasting meetings, posting content on the Web, and soliciting and responding to public comments.

MAP Pre-Rulemaking

MAP has completed its third pre-rulemaking cycle, which culminated in a final report by February 1, 2014. MAP has completed its third pre-rulemaking cycle, which culminated in a final report by February 1, 2014 (recommendation summary spreadsheet). On December 1, 2013 MAP received from HHS a list of 234 measures under consideration for MAP to review and provide input on their potential use in 20 federal programs. During the pre-rulemaking review cycle, the federal government looks to MAP, a public-private partnership, to advise on the selection of measures for use in a variety of public reporting and performance-based payment programs.

Over the course of the review process, MAP continues to promote alignment across HHS programs and with private sector efforts, incorporate measure use and performance information into MAP decision-making, and provide specific recommendations about the best use of available measures and measure gaps. This is accomplished by building on MAP's prior recommendations, utilizing the MAP Measure Selection Criteria (PDF), evaluating potential value of new measures to program measure sets, and identifying high priority measure gaps for programs and settings.

MAP Reports

MAP is currently convening several time-limited task forces to explore specific topics.

Learn more about MAP's work and access all of its published reports.

MAP's Structure

MAP operates through a two-tiered structure. Guided by the priorities and goals of HHS's National Quality Strategy, the MAP Coordinating Committee provides direction and direct input to HHS. MAP's workgroups advise the Coordinating Committee on measures needed for specific care settings, care providers, and patient populations. Time-limited task forces charged with developing "families of measures"—related measures that cross settings and populations— as well as developing strategic guidance for other content areas, provide further information to the MAP Coordinating Committee and workgroups. Each multi-stakeholder group includes individuals with content expertise and organizations particularly affected by the work.

 

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MAP operates in a thoroughly transparent manner, broadcasting meetings, posting content on the Web, and soliciting and responding to public comments. 

Questions about MAP? Learn more about MAP, its structure, and its significance from the MAP FAQs. You may also contact Robert Saunders, Senior Director, at 202-783-1300 or measureapplications@qualityforum.org.

 

All MAP Orientation Web Meeting

All MAP Workgroups will meet via the web on September 24 from 1:00 - 3:00pm ET.  

Agenda (PDF) | Register Now
 

NQF Resources

The Field Guide is an online resource designed to help you easily access NQF resources.