Governance and Leadership 

The governance and leadership of the National Quality Forum (NQF) reflects its three-part mission to improve the quality of American healthcare by:

  • setting national priorities and goals for quality improvement; 
  • endorsing national standards for measuring and reporting on performance; 
  • and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach.

Board of Directors

NQF's work is overseen by its Board of Directors, as well as five Board Committees that guide the organization's actions on matters related to specific elements of NQF's mission. In addition, eight NQF Member Councils serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and its standing committees.

Details and Meetings | Board Roster  

Board Committees:

Consensus Standards Approval Committee (CSAC)
CSAC considers all standards recommended for NQF endorsement.
Overview | Roster | Meetings 

OPEN! - The CSAC Call for Nominations is open through March 27, 2015.
Call for Nominations (PDF) | Submit Comment  

Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC)
HITAC provides ongoing guidance to NQF's Health IT portfolio and offers specific expertise on Health IT projects, including specification of testing requirements for eMeasures and maintenance of the quality data set.
Overview | Roster | Meetings

National Priorities Partnership (NPP)
NPP is a collaborative effort of 52 major national organizations that collectively influence every part of the healthcare system.
Overview | Partner Organizations | Meetings

Measure Applications Partnership (MAP)
MAP is a public-private partnership created to provide input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs.

Member Councils

NQF's diverse multi-stakeholder membership is organized under eight member councils that serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and its standing committees.



Consumer Council
As the end users of care, the Consumer Council provides a viewpoint on the true quality of healthcare for the consumer.
Overview | Meetings

Health Plan Council
As the organizations often directly involved in paying for healthcare services, members of this council have an important role in population-based improvement programs as well as incenting provider efforts to improve healthcare performance.
Overview | Meetings

Health Professionals Council
The members of this council provide a unique on-the-ground perspective of performance measurement and public reporting.
Overview | Meetings

Provider Organizations Council
As the organizations that most often implement endorsed measures, members of this council offer a unique and valuable perspective. 
Overview | Meetings

Public/Community Health Agency Council
In considering policies and projects to improve the quality of healthcare, this council provides a voice and support for communities to empower themselves as agents of change and improve the quality of healthcare they receive.
Overview | Meetings

Purchasers Council
In their role as purchasers of healthcare and as employers, private corporations and government agencies have an enormous stake in improving quality. This council provides a venue for public and private purchasers to build demand and capacity for quality improvement.
Overview | Meetings

Quality Measurement, Research and Improvement Council
Members of this council are entrenched in the everyday measurement, evaluation, and research of quality in healthcare. Their expertise in healthcare quality is essential to NQF members as they consider new measures, practices, frameworks, and guidelines for endorsement.
Overview | Meetings

Supplier and Industry Council
As organizations that support the healthcare field with device and diagnostic products, medications, tools and other information and resources, members of this council provide a unique perspective of how medical suppliers can contribute to improving quality of care.
Overview | Meetings


Next Board Meeting

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015  

More information 

You will also find past agendas, materials and other information.