Identifying Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid-Eligible Adults: Background Report
6. Next Steps and Conclusions
Identification of the Initial Core Set of Measures for Medicaid-eligible Adults is an important first step in an overall strategy to encourage and enhance quality improvement. As delineated in the statute, the Secretary will publicly release the Initial Core Set of Measures by January 1, 2012. States who voluntarily choose to report on these measures can do so starting in 2013. The Affordable Care Act also requires that HHS establish an Adult Medicaid Quality Measurement Program to fund development, testing, and validation of emerging and innovative evidence-based measures. The Adult Medicaid Quality Measures Program will focus on developing and refining measures where needed so that future updates to the Initial Core Set can meet a wider range of States' health care quality measurement needs. Future measurement development activities will seek to better leverage Federal programs, such as the EHR Incentive Program, that emphasize the use of electronic health records and other forms of health information technology to enhance data collection and reporting. Finally, much like activities conducted under CHIPRA for the Initial Core Set of Child Health Care Quality Measures, the Secretary will also launch a Technical Assistance and Analytic Support Program to help States collect, report, and use the voluntary core set of adult health care quality measures.
The next steps and future measurement activities outlined above are designed with the overall goal to support HHS and its State partners in developing a quality-driven, evidence-based, national system for measuring the quality of health care provided to Medicaid-eligible adults.
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