Measure Development Process
PQA measures are developed by small, technically proficient Measure Development Teams (MDTs) and Task Forces (TFs) who have applied for or been invited to work on developing specific measure concepts based on their individual skills and experience. MDTs and TFs benefit by having their development work reviewed by larger groups, Stakeholder Advisory Panels (SAPs). They may also receive input from the Patient & Caregiver Advisory Panel (PCAP), Implementation Advisory Panel (IAP), and Risk Adjustment Advisory Panel (RAAP).
Measure concepts for development are prioritized by PQA staff based on input from PQA’s Measure Advisement Group (MAG), IAP, and PCAP. Selected concept ideas are also considered to represent areas in which there are clinical and measurement gaps based on environmental scans, to have the greatest chance of implementation in existing measure sets and performance systems, and to align with the National Quality Strategy.
What are Measure Development Teams (MDTs)?
MDTs are comprised of PQA members who have applied to work on specific measure concepts based on their individual strengths and experience. Each MDT develops one measure concept and the number of new MDTs each calendar year align with the number of concepts being developed.
Each MDT meets monthly via conference line and webinar, and is led by two co-chairs who are selected once the MDT is formed.
What are Task Forces?
Task Forces are composed of PQA members and external experts who applied for or were invited to work on specific measure concepts based on their individual strengths and experience. Task Forces are used when external expertise is necessary to fully explore the feasibility of measure concept ideas. Some Task Forces develop more than one measure concept.
Each Task Force meets monthly via conference line and webinar, and is led by two co-chairs who are selected once the Task Force is formed. View current MDT and Task Force List
What are Stakeholder Advisory Panels?
The MDTs and TFs benefit from having their efforts reviewed by Stakeholder Advisory Panels (SAPs)—larger groups, consisting of PQA members, to provide broader stakeholder feedback and vetting for the measure concepts under development. Key contacts from PQA member organizations can appoint two representatives to each SAP. These Panels meet quarterly via webinar and in-person at the PQA Annual Meeting.
Member organizations appoint individuals to participate on these Panels, each of which will provide input on related measure concepts and draft measures throughout the year. The SAP appointment process is completed via an online form and is submitted by the PQA member organization's Key Contact. SAP members serve a one-year term.
View a list of the current Stakeholder Advisory Panels. Make online appointments.
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