Quality and Patient Safety relates to the development
of Medicare hospital value based purchasing, payment policies
regarding health care-acquired conditions, payment policies
regarding hospital readmissions, and development of additional
quality measures and public reporting.
The Measure Application Partnership (MAP) has released its draft
pre-rulemaking recommendations on performance measures under
consideration for federal quality reporting and payment programs.
MAP reviewed more than 500 measures submitted by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for twenty federal
programs that reimburse providers, including clinicians,
hospitals and post-acute care facilities. In its draft report,
MAP supports the immediate application of 141 measures for
federal programs and the phased removal of 64 measures currently
in use. After careful review, MAP voted not to support 165
measures under consideration and supported the direction, further
development and testing of 166 additional measures. CHA
participated in the MAP process and will prepare comments that
are due Jan. 28. The comment period is open to the public, but
comments can be submitted only by registered users of the
Forum’s (NQF) website. As required by ACA, MAP must release
its final report to HHS by Feb. 1.
As required by the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) has provided the Measures Application
Project (MAP) a list of more than 500 measures being considered
for 2013 federal rulemaking. The MAP is convened by the National
Quality Forum to provide input on measure use for public
reporting and federal performance-based payment programs. CHA
will participate in meetings scheduled by the MAP workgroups
ahead of the Feb. 1, 2013 deadline to report recommendations to
HHS. For more information on the MAP, visit www.qualityforum.org/map.
The list of measures being considered is attached.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced
the Health Care Innovation Challenge, a program to provide $1
billion in grants for innovation in workforce development and
deployment. The money will be awarded to organizations that
propose projects to improve the quality of care for patients
enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health
Insurance Program, while lowering costs.
Individual grants will range from $1 million to $30 million over
three years to providers, payers, local government,
public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives.