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FAH Leader Named Co-Chair of Influential NQF Committee

September 27, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Quality

The National Quality Forum (NQF) announced Tuesday that Chip Kahn, President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, will co-chair its important Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Coordinating Committee.

MAP’s job is to recommend measures for CMS pay-for-performance, public reporting, and other programs in advance of federal rulemaking.

“Measures are essential to improving patient care, but we need to make sure we’re using high-value measures that reflect carefully chosen national priorities for improving healthcare delivery,” said Kahn. “I’m looking forward to helping steer MAP’s ongoing work to make measurement more effective and shine a bright light on areas where we need better measures.”

Kahn’s co-chair is Dr. Harold Pincus, professor and vice chair of psychiatry at Columbia University and director of quality and outcomes research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Now in its sixth year, MAP’s annual review of measures for use in federal programs helps ensure that they measure important aspects of clinical care for the more than 55 million Americans covered by Medicare. MAP also provides annual measure recommendations to improve the quality of healthcare for the more than 87 million adults and children enrolled in Medicaid, including the nearly 11 million Americans dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.

More than two dozen organizations are represented on the multi-stakeholder MAP Coordinating Committee, which also includes consumer advocates and federal government liaisons from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

During his distinguished career in health policy, Kahn has been heavily involved in working to improve the quality of care through measures. In 2015, Health Affairs published a study he co-authored entitled - Assessing Medicare’s Hospital Pay-for-Performance Programs and Whether They Are Achieving Their Goals.