MUCking Around for New Quality Measures

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , December 12, 2013

Consideration of how much healthcare costs is emerging as a moare important area of quality of care. Karen Adams, the NQF's vice president for national priorities, says that over the years, the MAP "has tried to advance measures that matter a lot to patients and their families about whether or not they receive care coordination, patient-centered care. And there are measures of affordability."

"We're not where we want to be just yet, but certainly that's the direction we're going as we continue to evolve … because these are important gap areas that we're moving to fill, measures at the population health level," she says.

Updating quality measures

The MUC process is not just about adding more measures. Part of the job, Adams explains, is the removal of measures that the committees and stakeholders believe are outdated or no longer valid. Those measures, the committee decides, "become retired," she says.

And there is also a harmonization process under way, to take into account numerous quality measure that are similar and currently requiring repetitive reporting by providers, Adams says. Those measures need synchronization, with committee members choosing the best ones.

Of course not all 234 candidate proposals will be approved. But not to worry. There's always next December 1 and the MUC for 2014.

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