National Quality Forum Publishes Interim Report on HCBS, Convenes Stakeholder Committee on Quality Measurement
Over the past several months, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has convened a stakeholder committee to develop recommendations to improve quality measurement for Medicaid Home and CommunityBased Services (HCBS). NQF recently released its interim report entitled “Addressing Performance Measure Gaps in Home and Community-Based Services to Support Community Living - Initial Components of the Conceptual Framework.” The report aims to provide a framework to guide future development of quality measures for HCBS. The NQF report includes several characteristics of highquality HCBS as established by its working committee, including “a person-driven system that optimizes individual choice and control in the pursuit of self-identified goals,” citing access to employment and productivity, social connectedness, and integration of healthcare with other social services.
In order to produce a final report, NQF has sought input from consumers with disabilities or chronic illnesses, as well as service providers. This interim report is the first product of the committee’s work. Additionally, NQF plans to publish a synthesis of current HCBS quality measurement indicia and activities, a report on measurement gaps, and recommendations for defining priority quality measures.