Gaps in care coordination must be addressed, measurement report says

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New quality measures for long-term care should be tailored to address gaps in care coordination and transitions, according to a new report from the Measure Applications Partnership.

MAP, which operates under the National Quality Forum, sent its fifth annual performance measures report to the Department of Health and Human Services last week. The report gives suggestions to HHS on performance measures currently under consideration for use in federal healthcare programs.

The group's recommendations also include a call for measure concepts to reflect sociodemographic, socioeconomic and psychosocial factors that may influence Medicare spending per beneficiary.

Measures under consideration are “moving in the right direction” to remedy gaps in core post-acute and long-term care concepts, but more attention needs to be paid to remaining gaps in care coordination and transitions, MAP advised.

MAP also encouraged HHS to test any measures that promote alignment across LTC settings within the appropriate settings to “acknowledge differences in outcomes goals between settings.”

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