Improving NQF's Processes 


The healthcare community is increasingly asking for transparent and faster progress in improving quality, reducing waste, and focusing on care that is more patient-centered. To accelerate such progress, the quality community recognizes the need to get to better measures faster.

NQF and others have heard this challenge, and collectively are taking steps to change our approach to measure development and endorsement to be more strategic and efficient. These include:

Consensus Development Process Improvements. In an effort to remain responsive to its stakeholders’ needs, NQF has been engaged in various ongoing efforts to improve and refine the Consensus Development Process (CDP). Since then, NQF has implemented many changes including our process for re-evaluating maintenance measures. Please see Restructuring NQF’s Maintenance of Endorsement Process 2015 (PDF) for the most up to date changes to our Maintenance process.

CDP Standing Committee Activities. Volunteer, multi-stakeholder steering committees are the central component of the endorsement process, and the success of the CDP projects is due in large part to the participation of its steering committee members. To enable ongoing engagement of committee members throughout their terms, NQF will convene for thoughtful discussion and activities on prospecting for new measures and addressing strategic measurement issues in the topic area. Learn more about the ongoing CDP Standing Committee off-cycle activities.

For more information, please contact measuremaintenance@qualityforum.org.

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