Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Measuring Quality of Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will extend coverage for millions of the uninsured population and focuses on improving access, affordability, and the overall quality of care. As a result, states will need to develop their capacity for standardized collection and reporting of data on the quality of healthcare provided to adults covered by Medicaid.

On July 13th an initial Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) “Adult Medicaid Quality Grants to Measure and Improve the Quality of Care in Medicaid” was published in www.grants.gov. The ACA in section 2701 makes $300 million available for Adult Health Quality Measures of which $112 million will be used for this funding opportunity.

Specifically, up to $56 million will be awarded each fiscal year over a two year period of performance. A total of 56 grant awards will be made available for up to $1 million for each 12 month budget period with the estimated total to be up to $2 million per grantee over the two year project period.

The FOA is open to all 56 State Medicaid agencies to support testing, collecting, and reporting the Initial Core Set Measures to CMS. Additionally, the funding will also support the states’ efforts to use the data to improve the quality of care for adults covered by Medicaid.

The Letter of Intent is due July 31, 2012 with the application due August 31, 2012.