The National Quality Forum (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) on Feb. 1 submitted recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on 35 performance measures under consideration for use in federal health care programs.

Performance measures form the basis of national pay-for-performance and public reporting programs, which affect 58 million Americans enrolled in Medicare and their health care providers.

In its recommendations, the MAP:

  • supported six measures;
  • conditionally supported 25 measures still pending NQF endorsement;
  • recommended refinements for further testing or potential changes to three measures; and
  • opposed one measure of lumbar spine imaging proposed by HHS for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program because NQF no longer endorses this measure.

America’s Essential Hospitals is an organizational member of the MAP Hospital Workgroup. This year’s workgroup discussions focused on outcome measures, adjusting measures for social risk, and confirming that measures reflect appropriate attribution to providers for a patient’s health outcomes.

NQF will release final reports with further recommendations for hospital and post-acute settings on Feb. 15 and a report for clinician programs on March 15.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.