NQF Announces Development of Quality Measures for HCBS

Members | October 09, 2014

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is launching a new initiative to create a framework for quality measurement for persons living in the community who receive home and community-based services (HCBS). 

The National Quality Forum (NQF), with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is launching a new initiative to create a framework for quality measurement for persons living in the community who receive home and community-based services (HCBS).

The National Quality Forum will:

  • Develop a conceptual framework for measurement.
  • Perform an environmental scan.
  • Identify gaps in HCBS measures.
  • Make recommendations for measure development

NQF will collaborate with a multi-stakeholder committee to implement this two-year project. 

There will be 3 commenting periods available for stakeholder to contribute to this process. 

States, Managed Care Organizations and home and community-based services providers are interested in having an evidence based standard of measuring quality that they can use to help them improve outcomes, and reduce costs. 

Some states are establishing pay for performance programs for the Medicaid home and community-based services providers.