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New inventory of HHS quality measures seeks to improve public- and private-sector performance measurement efforts

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the first-ever inventory of quality measures that are used for reporting, payment, or quality improvement by its agencies and operating divisions. The HHS measure inventory, which is available on the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™, a Web site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is designed to advance collaboration within the quality measurement community and to synchronize measurement.

The inventory is available on the Clearinghouse Web site at http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov. Measures for this inventory were contributed by: Administration on Aging, AHRQ, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, Office of Public Health and Science, National Institutes of Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The measures currently can be sorted by agency or operating division and can be downloaded in their entirety. In the next several months, the inventory will be enhanced so the measure can be sorted by condition, setting, or measure domain.

Inquiries regarding measure specifications, updates, or others issues should be directed to info@qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov.

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