• The NQF Measure Incubator® is an innovative effort that facilitates efficient measure development and testing through collaboration and partnership. It addresses important aspects of care for which quality measures are underdeveloped or non-existent.

    Despite the widespread use of healthcare measures in the past two decades, there are many areas of health and healthcare that still do not have enough or the right kinds of measures to drive improvement. Examples of “gap areas” include palliative and end-of-life care, diagnostic accuracy, behavioral health, and care of people with Alzheimer’s disease or multiple chronic conditions. There are also not enough measures of patient-reported outcomes.

    Measure gaps occur for many reasons. A principal cause is the measure development process itself. The design, testing, and dissemination of quality measures can be burdensome, costly, and time-consuming. It can take two to three years to develop a new measure and put it into use.

    Similar to incubators that nurture entrepreneurs in technology environments, the NQF Measure Incubator® is designed to nurture development of needed measures. The Measure Incubator connects groups interested in particular measure concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources, and data. In leading the Measure Incubator®, NQF’s role is to facilitate the work of others. NQF itself will not develop measures.

    NQF is exploring innovative and agile approaches to incubate and test measures more efficiently, such as early and continuous access to data. Over the next few years, the Measure Incubator® will test best practices with selected, initial measures, with the volume of incubated measure expected to increase as the Incubator matures.

    Learn more about the NQF Measure Incubator’s® goals, projects underwayhow to engage in the Measure Incubator®, and NQF’s leadership role.

    COMMENT - Working through the Measure Incubator®, NQF is facilitating multistakeholder feedback on food insecurity quality measures. The public comment on the three food insecurity quality measures is open through January 31, 6:00pm ET.

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