The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the initial core
set of 35 health care quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults, which
states can voluntarily use to facilitate quality improvements.
The core set, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, “is an important first
step in an overall strategy to encourage and enhance quality improvement,”
according to an HHS notice being published Jan. 4 in the Federal Register.
“States that chose to collect the initial core set will be better positioned to
measure their performance and develop action plans to achieve the three-
part aims of better care, healthier people and affordable care as identified in
HHS’ National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care.”
The ACA requires HHS to develop a standardized reporting format for the
measures by January 2013, with voluntary state reporting starting in
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