How
we do it

Consensus

Consensus drives every aspect of NQF work. Expert committee members represent diverse interests from every healthcare sector. Measures are endorsed by NQF only after thoughtful discussion and debate from across the healthcare community. And recommendations for use of measures in federal programs are made with input from public and private stakeholders alike.

NQF is recognized as a voluntary consensus-standards setting organization – as defined by the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119 – and adheres to the OMB definition of consensus.

Transparency and Engagement

NQF's belief in consensus as a powerful agent for achieving healthcare change is supported by a fully transparent organization that encourages active involvement and sharing of information. All NQF work products – including reports, measures, and meeting materials – are available on our website.

NQF events are where consensus-building and collaboration come to life. Participants are able to join the conversation and work with people they might otherwise not have a chance to connect with to tackle the most pressing issues facing the healthcare system. As part of our commitment to transparency, all events are open to the public.

Public-Private Collaboration

The public and private sectors can successfully work together to achieve better health. NQF is a common thread between these groups, bringing together diverse voices and experiences. Leaders in the field frequently partner with us. Our work – from endorsement projects to the Measure Applications Partnership to the National Priorities Partnership – proves that public-private collaboration is not only possible, but necessary to generate meaningful, sustainable change.