Comment on Performance Measures for HHS Public Reporting and Performance-Based Payment Programs

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Registered nurses will have the opportunity to comment from Jan. 14-28 on performance measures that potentially could be used as the foundation for federal health care public reporting requirements and performance-based payment programs.

The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF), is considering more than 500 measures for potential use in federal rulemaking. MAP’s charge is to review these measures, submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other appropriate measures, and provide input on measure use for specific federal public reporting and performance-based payment (i.e., accountability) programs. Specifically, MAP chose core measure sets by care settings for multiple Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accountability programs.

ANA encourages C/SNAs, Organizational Affiliates, and members to review the proposed performance measures and submit comments by Jan. 28.

MAP’s final report to HHS is due on February 1, 2013. If you are interested in participating in additional MAP pre-rulemaking processes, see this guide that outlines deadlines, activities, and resources.

MAP’s work fulfills a provision in the Affordable Care Act to convene multi-stakeholder groups to provide input to HHS on the selection of performance measures, while working to align public programs with measures being used in the private sector.

ANA is an active participant in MAP’s work. ANA CEO Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, serves on MAP’s Coordinating Committee, which sets strategy and advises HHS on quality measures. ANA staff also has worked with nursing representatives on various MAP Workgroups to advance measures important to team-based care to improve the quality of care, including patient safety.

To learn more about the MAP, visit www.qualityforum.org/MAP