The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF), released a draft report reviewing the core set of health care quality measures for adults enrolled in Medicaid. The core set of measures was initially published in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as directed by the Affordable Care Act, to standardize and align measurement efforts regarding quality of care. In the report, the MAP finds that the core set of measures is adequate to advance quality goals,achieves appropriate alignment with other program measure sets, and maintains an appropriately limited number of measures. The MAP recommends including the most current NQF-endorsed measures to ensure validity and reliability of the measures, as well as some specific measures addressing diabetes control and medication management.Additionally, the MAP expressed concern regarding the lack of risk-adjustment methodology and gaps in measure areas, particularly in maternal health relating to risks for poor birth outcomes, behavioral health and substance abuse, and access to primary care.
The MAP is accepting comments on the report through July 30 at 6 pm ET. Please contact Xiaoyi Huang, JD, director of policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.