Quality Measure Development Initiative

Join APA in the development of meaningful quality measures for the behavioral health care field

Mulitple opportunities exist for APA members and others to participate in this important initiative. Explore how each group of stakeholders can join below:

Mental Health and Substance Use Technical Expert Panel (TEP)

APA is seeking involvement of 12 to 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. Perspectives of the TEP will include those with experience in clinical care, clinical quality improvement and/or patient safety activities, medical education, research, practice administration, health plan administration, and health care purchasing. In addition to the separate CFP, the TEP will include participation from a member of the CFP to provide the consumer and family/caregiver perspective.

The deadline to apply or nominate a colleague is Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

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

Technical Expert Application/Nomination Form

Details

The TEP 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 TEP will participate in educational webinars and in-person meetings on measure development and meaningful discussions on the quality measure concepts, feasibility of data-capture as part of the workflow, unintended consequences, degree of burden, and other issues posed by the quality measures under development.

Meetings Anticipated for 2019
Mid-January: Webinar
Mid-March: In-Person convened in Washington, D.C.

Consumer/Family Panel (CFP)

APA is seeking 12 to 15 individuals 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 will be to aid in the development high-quality measures that are easily understood, relevant, and useful to consumers. The CFP will be comprised 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.

The deadline to apply or nominate a colleague is Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

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 concepts, feasibility of data-capture as part of the workflow, unintended consequences, degree of burden, and other issues posed by the quality measures under development.

Meetings Anticipated for 2019
Mid-January: Webinar
Mid-March: In-Person convened in Washington, D.C.

Behavioral Health Providers

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 ($500);
  • 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.