Quality Measure Development Initiative

Join APA and partners, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in the development of meaningful quality measures for the behavioral health care field.

View updates to the Initiative, explore how multi-disciplinary stakeholders can participate in the various activities, and learn where the quality measures are within the development cycle.

Consumer/Family Panel (CFP)

APA and NCQA are still seeking consumers and family members of those with mental and substance use disorders to serve on the Consumer/Family Panel (CFP) to ensure that the patient and caregiver voice is expressed and integrated in our measure development process. The main function of the CFP is to aid in the development high-quality measures that are easily understood, relevant, and useful to consumers. The CFP comprise of representatives from national patient advisory organizations, as well as patients or caregivers/family members who can provide their unique and diverse perspectives related to their experience with the receipt of health care.

Please submit nomination materials through the form, which will include uploading the following:

Consumer Family Application/Nomination Form

Details

The CFP will meet one time per program-year by webinar and in-person in Washington, D.C. Travel will be supported for all participants under the project's funding.

The CFP will participate in educational webinars and in-person meetings on measure development and meaningful discussions on the quality measure topics, feasibility of data-capture as part of the workflow, unintended consequences, degree of burden, and other issues posed by the quality measures under development. In addition to their appointment on the separate CFP, the Technical Expert Panel includes participation from up to three CFP members. Their role is to ensure the CFP's recommendations (i.e., consumer and family/caregiver consensus-based perspectives) are communicated with the TEP.

Meetings Planned for 2019
Mid-February to Mid-March: Webinar
March 21: In-Person convened in Washington, D.C.
Mid-May: Webinar #2

Accomplishments and Activities

APA and NCQA successfully appointed 20 individuals with experience and perspectives, including but not limited to the following areas of adult general psychiatry, substance use disorders, suicide, and psychotic disorders to the TEP. TEP members include those with experience in clinical care, clinical quality improvement and/or patient safety activities, medical education, research, practice administration, and health plan administration. TEP members represent a wide variety of mental and substance use treatment providers. This includes the following.

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Psychiatric Emergency Nurses
  • Psychologists

The TEP participates in educational webinars and in-person meetings on measure development and meaningful discussions on the quality measure topics, feasibility of data-capture as part of the workflow, unintended consequences, degree of burden, and other issues posed by the quality measures under development. As mentioned in the CFP section, they consider recommendations from the CFP Liaisons to ensure the measures are meaningful for those under the provider's care.

Timeline of Events: Initiative Year One

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Providers in All Care Settings

Join PsychPRO - APA's Mental Health Registry to Participate in the Quality Measure Development Project

Quality measures developed under the cooperative agreement are intended for use by all behavioral health providers across the US. Solo practices, small and large group practices, and healthcare systems and academic institutions.

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You do not need an EHR to participate. Data are extracted automatically from EHRs and/or online patient and clinician portals.

Providers wishing to join PsychPRO and implement the new quality measures will receive the following for their participation in the measure development project:

  • A tablet for your practice so that you and your patients can easily access the online portal to complete the required assessments and engage patients in the planning and follow-up of their care;
  • An honorarium for your efforts ($1,000);
  • If you are a non-APA member, free, no-fee PsychPRO registration;
  • Acknowledgement of support in journal and white paper publications;
  • If you do not have an EHR, start collecting 2019 QPP quality data.
  • Access to an interactive dashboard to assess quality improvement initiatives.

Patient Participation

Patient participation is integral to the success of this project. There are several patient-reported outcome measures in PsychPRO, including:

  • DSM-5 Cross-cutting measure,
  • Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9,
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)-7,
  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (Audit)-C,
  • Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) – Pain,
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – Assist, World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS) 2.0,
  • Child/Adult ADHD, and Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE).

Other patient reported outcome measures planned for future implementation include the PROMIS Toolkit, Falls, Cognitive measures, and many more.

About the Project

Supported by Funding Opportunity Number 1V1CMS331640-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.