The National Quality Forum (NQF) released the following rural health report: A Core Set of Rural-Relevant Measures and Improving Access to Care. This report highlights the work of the NQF-convened Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) workgroup regarding the best available quality measures and recommendations for improving access for the rural population.
To address these challenges, the workgroup identified a core set of best available quality measures that will drive improvement, are meaningful to rural residents, minimize reporting burden and above all can be used by providers across hospital and ambulatory care settings. Similar to other MAP efforts, the core set also promotes alignment between public and private programs.
The MAP is a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of quality and efficiency measures for CMS programs. First launched in the spring of 2011, the National Quality Forum (NQF) is currently under contract with HHS to convene and facilitate the MAP workgroups.
More information on the MAP process is available here.
More information on NQF is available on their website.
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