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College of Nursing dean receives national appointment

Stuart selected as member of Measure Applications Partnership

CHARLESTON, SC (June 16, 2011) – Dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D., R.N. has been selected to participate as a member of the newly established Measure Applications Partnership (MAP). MAP is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF) for the explicit purpose of providing input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs, as required in The Affordable Care Act. 

Stuart was handpicked by the NQF’s Board of Directors to serve as a voting expert member of the Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Workgroup of the Measure Applications Partnership. The National Quality Forum, a private-sector, consensus-based, standard-setting organization whose efforts center on the evaluation and endorsement of standardized performance measurement, formalized its agreement with HHS to convene the multi-stakeholder groups established for MAP in late March. “This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to changing the impact of health care on some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. I am honored to be a part of this working group,” noted Stuart.

Through MAP activities, the private sector and a wide variety of stakeholders will be able to provide input into HHS’s selection of performance measures for public reporting and payment reform programs, which will allow for greater coordination of performance measures across programs, settings, and payers. MAP’s balance of interests—representing consumers, businesses and purchasers, labor, health plans, clinicians and providers, communities and states, and suppliers — ensures that HHS will receive well-rounded input on performance measure selection. MAP activities, including comment periods and meetings, will be made open to the public via the NQF website. 

MAP measure selections will be made within the framework of the newly released National Quality Strategy, with the intention of selecting measures that address our national healthcare priorities and goals, such as making care safer and ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care. 

The MAP Coordinating Committee and its four workgroups span more than 60 organizations and include 40 subject matter experts and nine federal agencies. Government agencies are ex-officio members and will not vote on items before the coordinating committee. 

“The choice of measures for gauging and rewarding progress is so important that no one perspective is adequate to inform the task,” said Janet Corrigan, Ph.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the National Quality Forum. “MAP’s diverse composition—representing the full spectrum of healthcare stakeholders—and NQF’s strong background as a neutral convener will be instrumental in ensuring that well-rounded, evidence-based input makes its way to the HHS Secretary for her consideration on which measures to use for public reporting and performance-based payment programs.” 

The MAP Coordinating Committee will begin providing input to HHS in fall 2011, and HHS will begin utilizing this input in the calendar year 2012.

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