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National Quality Forum Releases New Measures Under Consideration for Federal Quality Reporting Programs

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released its list of 29 measures under consideration (MUC) for federal public reporting and payment programs, including the hospital inpatient and inpatient psychiatric facility quality reporting programs, the Medicare and Medicaid promoting interoperability program, and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.  

This year, NQF has also convened the first advisory group to provide input on the MUC list with the goal of reducing health differences closely linked with social determinants of health. NQF will accept comments through 3 p.m. (PT) on Dec. 9.  

The measures will be reviewed by NQF’s Measures Applications Partnership (MAP) in a series of meetings in December and January. The MAP will deliver its final recommendations on whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should include the measures in future programs by February 2022 and will publish detailed reports in March. 

Additional information on the MAP, including information how to participate virtually, is available online.