• As part of initial steps to launch the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measure Incubator™ Learning Collaborative, NQF hosted a series of webinars to explore innovative solutions to improve measure development and address areas that have too few or no meaningful measures.

    Webinars were held on Jan. 11, Nov. 17, and Dec. 14. Featured speakers were the recently announced winners of NQF’s Innovation Challenge. This new initiative of the NQF Measure Incubator called for proposals to improve quality measurement and/or respond to a leading measure gap identified by the Measure Incubator working groups (see table below).

    On January 11, Charlotta Lindvall, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discussed her proposal to use natural language processing to develop quality measures in palliative surgery using electronic health record (EHR) data. Tracy Spinks, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, outlined a new, streamlined, standardized approach to implementing PRO measure sets in EHRs. The webinar was moderated by Ed Septimus, MD, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, of HCA. Access the webinar recording here.

    On November 17 Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH of the American Board of Family Medicine discussed his proposal to use a new data registry open to all primary care physicians to identify and develop efforts to improve clinical practice and quality measures. S. Mani Marashi of Henry Ford Health System described a successful two-year pilot to report hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism events in real-time using data from EHRs, rather than claims. The webinar was moderated by Jeffrey Geppert, EdM, JD, senior research leader at Battelle Memorial Institute. Access the webinar recording here.

    On December 14, Ellen Schultz, MS, and Michelle Langer, PhD, of the American Institutes for Research discussed their suggestion to use “bookmarking,” a method widely used in educational testing, to score and classify patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures and address this critically important measure gap area. The webinar was moderated by Ron Walters, MD, MBA, MHA, Associate Vice President of Medical Operations and Informatics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Access the webinar recording here.

    NQF received a total of 24 submissions for the Innovation Challenge, and all entries will be featured as initial content for the Measure Incubator’s Learning Collaborative. Launching in early 2017, the NQF Measure Incubator Learning Collaborative will share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices to inform, improve, accelerate, and better target measure development.

    Please contact incubator@qualityforum.org with any questions about the Innovation Challenge.

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