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 underway, how to engage in the Measure Incubator®, and NQF’s leadership role.
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