• The NQF Measure Incubator facilitates efficient measure development and testing through collaboration and partnership. Engage with the Measure Incubator® through NQF’s Learning Collaborative, Innovation Challenges, or by incubating measures that are meaningful to patients and providers.

    Learning Collaborative

    NQF’s Learning Collaborative is a forum of diverse stakeholder organizations that are united in their commitment to improve measure development. Participants in the Learning Collaborative propose innovative and agile solutions to leading measurement challenges, identify important gap areas where needed measures are few or non-existent, and share best practices in measure development.

    2017-2018 Webinars

    • August 16 webinar, where Jennifer Hale, MSN, Compassus, Stephen Hoy, PFCCpartners, Eddie Machado, MD, MBA, IPRO, David Lansky, PhD, Pacific Business Group on Health, and Dave White, NCQA explored the roles of diverse stakeholders in advancing patient-centered measurement, examined challenges to ensuring representativeness in performance measurement, and discussed opportunities to enhance patient-provider relationships through patient-centered measurement—Moderated by Tracy Spinks, BBA, Senior Director of Quality Innovation, National Quality Forum
    • March 1 webinar, where Sameer Saini, MD, MS, VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research and University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation outlined measures of colorectal cancer screening that incorporate individual screening benefit and patient preferences and Matthew Pickering, PharmD, RPh, Pharmacy Quality Alliance and Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS, National Health Council proposed a rubric to assess the patient-centeredness of measure development and implementation—Moderated by Hala Durrah, MTA, Patient Family Engagement Consultant, Speaker & Advocate
    • February 8 webinar, where Saraswathi Vedam, RM, FACNM, SciD, MSFHR Health Professional Investigator, Birth Place Lab, University of British Columbia described the development and validation of patient-designed measures of autonomy and respect, as well as patient-reported items that capture mistreatment in maternity care and Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD, Alberta Health Services explored a strategy to engage patient and family advisors in gathering and analyzing patient experience data in real-time—Moderated by David Andrews, Patient Advisor
    • January 23 webinar, where Colleen A. McHorney, PhD, Evidera and Dayo Jagun, MBBS, MPH, Genentech shared ongoing work where patients and caregivers have a central role in conceptualizing oncology measures that address patients’ concerns, values, and preferences—Moderated by Laura Batz Townsend, BA, President & Co-Founder, Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation
    • September 25 webinar, where NQF and American Institutes for Research (AIR) highlighted Principles for Making Health Care Measurement Patient-Centered, a framework that places patient preferences at the center of performance measurement. This framework was developed with broad stakeholder input and leadership from AIR.
    • August 30 webinar, where NQF discussed work with PatientsLikeMe® to put the patient’s voice at the center of performance measurement. NQF and PatientsLikeMe tested a novel approach to gather broad patient input in developing patient-reported outcome performance measures (PRO-PM).

    Innovation Challenges

    Through Innovation Challenges, NQF members and others in the measure development community are invited to propose innovative and agile solutions to leading measurement challenges. Innovation Challenge winners receive a cash prize and are invited to present their novel ideas on a national webinar hosted by the NQF Learning Collaborative. Beginning in early 2018, submissions by runners-up will be featured as permanent content for the Learning Collaborative.

    2017 Innovation Challenge

    From October 16-November 15, 2017, the National Quality Forum (NQF) invited NQF members and other stakeholders to submit innovative and agile approaches to incorporating one or more Principles for Making Health Care Measurement Patient-Centered in performance measurement. Five Innovation Challenge winners received a cash prize and a national platform to share their ideas through the NQF Learning Collaborative. Review the winning submissions.

    2016 Innovation Challenge

    In 2016, the NQF invited members and others in the measure development community to submit their ideas to improve quality measurement, responding in particular to challenge areas and measurement gaps identified by Measure Developer working groups. Review the winning submissions.

    To learn more about the Learning Collaborative, Innovative Challenges, or to discuss incubating a measure, please contact NQF at incubator@qualityforum.org.

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