2013 Conference | 2012 Conference
The Next Decade of Performance Measurement:
Meeting the Needs of a Rapidly Changing Healthcare System
NEW! 2013 Annual Conference Wrap-Up (PDF)
years ago, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed its first voluntary,
national consensus performance measure to answer the call for standardized
measurement of health care services. This first measure was a stepping-stone
for creating a consensus-driven effort that bridged nearly every interested
party in health care. The ten-year result of this national experiment is a
portfolio of over 700 NQF-endorsed measures – most of which are in use; a more
information-rich health care system; and an enormous emerging body of knowledge
about measure development, measure use, and quality improvement.
care policy and delivery have changed considerably in these ten years, and the
American healthcare system is at a crossroads. The broader quality community is
adapting to these new realities, acknowledging challenges we need to address
- The NQF measures
portfolio needs new measures that address the health care issues of
tomorrow: new payment models, patient-reported outcomes, achieving
affordability and value. We need to redouble efforts to fill key
measurement gaps rather than just identifying them, using an open and
collaborative process between those who develop, test, endorse, and use
- As measure use
has proliferated, providers now face a tsunami of misaligned measurement
demands from the public and private sectors. We need to use the
same measures across and within sectors whenever possible to make
measurement more efficient and less burdensome.
- Those who use
measures lack a coordinated space to provide their input and knowledge
into, hindering national efforts to understand the full impact of the
measures we already have in place. We need the insight and
leadership of all organizations that use measures in the field to help
develop ‘feedback loops’ that will capture actual experience data to
enrich future measure development, endorsement, and use.
- Consumers and
purchasers who want to make decisions based on value lack consistent and
comprehensible measure information. We need comparable measurement
results in language and formats that everyone can access and understand.
measurement holds great promise to help with all of the above, but is
complex and difficult to implement. We need to accelerate initial
efforts to support the transition to e-measures and build a dynamic
learning network between electronic health record experts and the
performance measure community as a way to advance the development and
deployment of e-measures.
2013 NQF Annual Conference focused on the future of performance measurement,
capturing the experiences of those who contribute to each domain. This includes
health care providers, the federal government, state Medicaid agencies,
consumers, patients and their caregivers, employers that purchase health care
benefits on behalf of their employees, and coalitions and others in local
formal presentations, panel discussions, and multiple breakout working
sessions, NQF hopes that all participants will join together to address these
future challenges, help develop solutions, and discover new collaborations that
will enhance the effectiveness of performance measurement as a part of
achieving health care quality. Networking opportunities will also allow NQF
members from across the country to connect in person.
Immediate Past Conference
Building a Patient and Family Centered Health System
The 2012 annual conference was held on April 4-5, 2012. Learn more about the conference.