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The U.S. healthcare system is one of the most innovative and talented systems in the world. Yet it is fragmented and uncoordinated. Our system delivers compassionate care and healing, but also generates preventable harm and costs without better patient outcomes.

Transforming our healthcare system to be safe, equitable, and of the highest value will take time and the work of many, but the potential rewards are great. The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public service organization committed to this transformation.

NQF reviews, endorses, and recommends use of standardized healthcare performance measures. Performance measures, also called quality measures, are essential tools used to evaluate how well healthcare services are being delivered. NQF's endorsed measures are often invisible at the clinical bedside but quietly influence the care delivered to millions of patients every day. Measures:

  • Make our healthcare system more information rich
  • Point to actions physicians, other clinicians, and organizations can take to make healthcare safe and equitable
  • Enhance transparency in healthcare
  • Ensure accountability of healthcare providers
  • Generate data that helps consumers make informed choices about their care

Working with members and the public, NQF also helps define our national healthcare improvement 'to-do' list, and encourages action and collaboration to accomplish quality improvement goals.

NQF's membership spans all those interested in healthcare. Consumers and others who purchase healthcare sit side-by-side with those who provide care and others in the healthcare industry. Expert volunteers and members are the backbone of NQF work.

All of NQF's processes, events, and products are open for public access and participation. Improving health and healthcare is a national challenge, and there is room for everyone at the NQF table.  

Field Guide to NQF Resources

The Field Guide to NQF Resources is a dynamic, online resource designed to help those involved with measurement and public reporting more easily access basic information and NQF resources related to quality measurement.