ASHA Chosen for Quality Measure Partnership ASHA has been selected to participate in the newly established Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Clinician Workgroup, which will offer recommendations on performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs required in recent health care legislation. The National Quality Forum (NQF) a private-sector, consensus-based, standard-setting organization that focuses on the ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   September 01, 2011
ASHA Chosen for Quality Measure Partnership
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  • Janet Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, director of health care services in speech-language pathology, can be reached at jbrown@asha.org.
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ASHA News   |   September 01, 2011
ASHA Chosen for Quality Measure Partnership
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 9. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.16092011.9
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 9. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.16092011.9
ASHA has been selected to participate in the newly established Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Clinician Workgroup, which will offer recommendations on performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs required in recent health care legislation.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) a private-sector, consensus-based, standard-setting organization that focuses on the evaluation and endorsement of standardized performance measurement convened the partnership. NQF was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fulfill a statute in the Affordable Care Act that requires a consensus-based entity to convene multi-stakeholder groups to:
  • Identify the best available health care performance measures for use in specific applications (the Clinician Workgroup will provide input on matters related to the selection and coordination of measures for clinicians, particularly in the office setting).

  • Provide input to HHS on measures for use in public reporting, value-based payment, and other programs.

  • Encourage alignment of public and private sector efforts.

Through MAP, the private sector and a variety of stakeholders will provide input into HHS’s selection of performance measures. MAP’s balance of interests with members representing consumers, businesses and purchasers, labor, health plans, clinicians and providers, communities and states, and suppliers ensures well-rounded input.
MAP activities, including comment periods and meetings, will be open to the public on the NQF website. MAP measure selections, made within the framework of the newly released National Quality Strategy, will address national health care priorities and goals, such as making care safer and ensuring that patients and families are engaged as partners in their care.
The MAP Coordinating Committee and its four work groups span more than 60 organizations and include 40 subject-matter experts and nine federal agencies. “The choice of measures for gauging and rewarding progress is so important that no one perspective is adequate to inform the task,” said Janet Corrigan, NQF president and chief operating officer.
As requested by the federal government, MAP will first establish a decision-making framework to guide the identification of performance measures for:
  • Clinician office settings.

  • Post-acute care settings, including long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care, and hospice care.

  • Cancer hospitals exempt from the prospective payment system.

MAP will begin providing information to HHS this fall. HHS will begin using this input in 2012.
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