The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF). MAP is responsible for providing input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on selecting performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs, and for other purposes as stated at its website. As performance measurement and transparency of outcomes grow in post-acute care, critical performance for areas long important will gain increased focus because of newly applied magnification to those areas. Improved function, patient care coordination and reduced readmission are a few areas that may be next on the quality reporting checklist.
As post-acute care measurement programs begin to expand per federal guidelines, CMS officials say the timing is right to align measurement across settings, reduce data collection burden and ultimately, facilitate patient-centered coordinated care. The Department of Health and Human Services contracts with NQF to help provide consensus-based endorsed quality measures that have been reviewed and approved by health care panelists seeking performance and evidenced-based practice standards.
Now that IRF settings have two quality indicators well underway, it is time for IRF leaders to consider the next round and how those measures will be considered and selected. The buzz for continuous quality improvement has never felt stronger; therefore your facility baseline is the next step to defining and developing successful strategies for the next round of re-portable indicators.
It’s a good bet that the next set of indicators will come from the MAP priorities as published in the February 2012 Final Report. Look at these concepts and develop your personal strategy. Care coordination and reduction of re-admissions are being highly discussed in alternative care models of treatment. None of the items included in this list can be ignored. Make the last quarter of 2012 the time to identify your baseline in these areas and make 2013 a time to deliver improved performance – you’ll be one step ahead if you do!