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2014
AUG 21, 2014
New “Playbook” Aims to Eliminate Early Elective Deliveries in the United States
The National Quality Forum (NQF) convened a Maternity Action Team that has produced a new Playbook for the Successful Elimination of Early Elective Deliveries. 

AUG 08, 2014
NQF Elects New Members to its Board of Directors
The National Quality Forum (NQF) elected three new members to its Board of Directors at its July 2014 Board meeting; their service on the NQF multi-stakeholder Board will begin on November 5, 2014. 

JUL 23, 2014
NQF Board Approves Trial Period to Test Impact of Risk Adjustment of Performance Measures for Sociodemographic Factors
The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Board of Directors overwhelmingly ratified today a robust trial for a defined period that will assess the impact and implications of risk adjusting relevant quality measures for sociodemographic factors, prior to making a permanent change to NQF policy. 

JUL 21, 2014
NQF Statement: NQF Supports Quality Provisions of the IMPACT Act H.R. 44994/S. 2553
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has offered its support for the quality provisions included the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act, H.R. 4994/S. 2553). In a letter to the leadership of the House Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committees, NQF commended the legislation as “bi-partisan, bi-cameral and tak[ing] important steps towards strengthening quality in the post-acute setting.” 

JUN 26, 2014
NQF Names Dr. Helen Burstin Chief Scientific Officer
The National Quality Forum (NQF) today announced the appointment of Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP to Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Burstin has served as the Senior Vice President for Performance Measurement since joining NQF in 2007. In her new role, she will provide strategic guidance to all NQF work from the perspective of current and emerging measurement science.  

MAY 29, 2014
Presidential Advisory Council Recommends Systems Engineering to Improve Health Care
In a new report released today, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), recommends implementing a "systems engineering" approach to achieve lower cost and higher quality in healthcare. 

MAY 23, 2014
NQF Safe Practices Audit Ratified
The NQF Board Executive Committee reviewed and approved for final ratification the Safe Practices Audit on May 23. As a result of the audit, updates were made to 26 of the 34 practices.  

MAY 16, 2014
NQF Update on Safe Practices Audit
The NQF Consensus Standards Approval Committee approved the Safe Practices Audit on May 13.  

MAY 15, 2014
NQF Statement: Dr. Christine Cassel and Four Other NQF Board Members Named to Modern Healthcare’s 2014 List of Most Influential Physicians
National Quality Forum President and CEO, Christine Cassel, MD, has been named among the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare for 2014 for the second year in a row. Joining Dr. Cassel on the list are four members of the NQF Board of Directors. 

APR 29, 2014
Statement from NQF on Draft Report on Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status
The National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Expert Panel draft report, Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status and Other Sociodemographic Factors is undergoing NQF’s multi-phased, standard review process. 

APR 29, 2014
Statement from NQF on Review of Sepsis Measure
The NQF Patient Safety Standing Committee, at its April meeting, conducted an ad hoc review of NQF measure #0500 (Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock:  Management Bundle) as part of its ongoing work. 

APR 23, 2014
NQF Celebrates 15th Anniversary
The National Quality Forum (NQF) launched today its “15 Years and Counting” campaign, marking the 15th anniversary of its national efforts to improve the nation’s health and healthcare. 

APR 02, 2014
NQF Issues Population Health Community Action Guide for Public Comment
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking public comment on its draft Community Action Guide, a new resource designed to help communities initiate or improve population health programs. The draft Guide was developed by an NQF-convened, multi-stakeholder committee and is the first offering of a three-year project funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

APR 01, 2014
NQF Applauds Continued Funding to Quality Measurement and Improvement for Medicare
On March 31st, the U.S. Senate passed the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R.4302)" following last week’s consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation provides a one year update to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in order to protect beneficiary access to Medicare physician services. The bill also includes important investments to continue the progress on quality performance and improvement. 

MAR 07, 2014
NQF Endorses Behavioral Health Measures
The NQF Board of Directors has endorsed 20 quality measures focused on behavioral health, addressing issues such as depression screening and treatment response, medication management, and alcohol and tobacco abuse.  

FEB 27, 2014
Statement From National Quality Forum
National Quality Forum President and CEO Christine K. Cassel, MD, told the NQF board of directors today that she is voluntarily resigning from the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan and Premier Inc. 

FEB 26, 2014
NQF Supports Modification to Renal Measure
The NQF Board of Directors has upheld endorsement of a quality measure addressing monthly phosphorus testing in dialysis patients, following an ad-hoc review period. 

FEB 06, 2014
NQF-Convened Group Provides Third Annual Recommendations on Measures for More Than 20 Federal Healthcare Programs
Identification of measures that fill acknowledged gaps and increase measure alignment were two major areas of progress highlighted in the Measure Applications Partnership’s (MAP) third annual round of input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). MAP recommends performance measures for use in more than 20 federal programs, and focuses on enhancing alignment or use of the same measures across these federal programs and between the public and private sectors. 

JAN 22, 2014
2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced
The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission today announced the 2013 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The four awards will be presented on February 13, 2014 during a luncheon at the 2014 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Washington, DC. 

JAN 22, 2014
NQF Statement on Department of Justice Settlement
A recent Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement underscores the need for the National Quality Forum (NQF) to maintain its rigorous, objective process to ensure the integrity of quality measures and safe practices. 

2013
DEC 13, 2013
NQF Endorses Measure Assessing Cost of Services for Hospitalized Medicare Beneficiaries

OCT 31, 2013
NQF Elects New Members to its Board of Directors

SEP 30, 2013
NQF Endorses Additional Gastrointestinal Measure

AUG 16, 2013
NQF Endorses Gastrointestinal Measures

JUL 18, 2013
NQF to Launch New Tools Focused on Using Quality Measures for Improvement

JUL 11, 2013
National Standards to Evaluate Health Care Quality Based On How Patients Feel

JUN 26, 2013
New National Quality Forum (NQF) CEO Dr. Christine Cassel Testifies at U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing on June 26th

MAY 07, 2013
National Quality Forum Testifies at U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing

APR 24, 2013
Dr. Christine Cassel and Four Other NQF Board Members Named to Modern Healthcare’s List of Most Influential Physicians

APR 12, 2013
NQF Removes Time-Limited Endorsement for Four Measures; Measures Now Have Endorsed Status

MAR 06, 2013
NQF Endorses Additional Infectious Disease Measures

MAR 06, 2013
NQF Endorses Additional Neurology Measures

MAR 06, 2013
NQF Endorses Two Additional Pulmonary Measures

FEB 04, 2013
NQF-Convened Group Provides Recommendations on Measures for Federal Healthcare Programs

JAN 31, 2013
National Priorities Partnership Names Dr. Susan Frampton as its New Co-Chair

JAN 31, 2013
NQF Upholds Endorsement of Planned Readmissions Measures

JAN 16, 2013
NQF Endorses Additional Patient Safety Measures

JAN 09, 2013
NQF Endorses Additional Pulmonary Measure

JAN 08, 2013
NQF Endorses Infectious Disease Measures

2012
DEC 17, 2012
Dr. Christine Cassel Named New President and CEO of the National Quality Forum

DEC 17, 2012
NQF Endorses Additional Set of Complication-Related Patient Safety Measures

DEC 12, 2012
NQF Elects New Member Council Leadership

DEC 06, 2012
NQF Elects New Members to its Board of Directors

NOV 05, 2012
NQF Endorses Behavioral Health Measures

NOV 05, 2012
NQF Endorses Neurology Measures

OCT 30, 2012
NEW DATE - Find NQF-Endorsed Measures Faster and Easier: NQF Launches its Quality Positioning System Version 1.0

OCT 24, 2012
Find NQF-Endorsed Measures Faster and Easier: NQF Launches its Quality Positioning System Version 1.0

OCT 23, 2012
NQF Endorses Additional Cancer Measures

OCT 23, 2012
NQF Endorses Population Health Measures

AUG 20, 2012
National Quality Forum Names Mountain States Health Alliance Winner of 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award

AUG 10, 2012
NQF Endorses Additional Complication-Related Patient Safety Measures

AUG 10, 2012
NQF Endorses Cancer Measures

AUG 10, 2012
NQF Endorses Care Coordination Measures

AUG 10, 2012
NQF Endorses Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Measures

AUG 01, 2012
NQF Removes Time-Limited Endorsement for 13 Measures; Measures Now Have Endorsed Status

JUL 31, 2012
NQF Endorses Pulmonary and Critical Care Measures

JUL 19, 2012
NQF to Host Webinar Exploring Current Systems and Approaches to Tracking Healthcare Measures

JUN 29, 2012
NQF Board of Directors Upholds Endorsement of All-Cause Readmissions Measure

JUN 19, 2012
NQF Endorses Complications-Related Patient Safety Measures

JUN 04, 2012
Measure Applications Partnership Submits Recommendations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries to HHS

JUN 04, 2012
Measure Applications Partnership Submits Recommendations to HHS on New Quality Reporting Programs

MAY 07, 2012
NQF Approves Expansion of Settings for Nursing Home Measures

MAY 03, 2012
NQF Endorses Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework

MAY 03, 2012
NQF Endorses Prevention Care and Screening Measures

MAY 02, 2012
NQF Endorses Additional Surgical Measures

APR 24, 2012
NQF Endorses All-Cause Unplanned Readmissions Measures

APR 02, 2012
NQF Endorses Additional Resource Use Measures

APR 02, 2012
NQF Endorses Perinatal Measures

APR 02, 2012
NQF Endorses Renal Measures

MAR 13, 2012
2011 John M Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

MAR 01, 2012
NQF Launches New Tool to Help Align Performance Measurement

MAR 01, 2012
NQF President and CEO Janet Corrigan Announces Plans to Step Down

FEB 14, 2012
NQF Endorses Palliative and End-of-Life Care Measures

FEB 13, 2012
NQF Retires 22 Measures

FEB 13, 2012
Partnerships Between Hospitals and Community Organizations to be Discussed in Upcoming Patient Safety Webinar

FEB 06, 2012
Measure Applications Partnership Submits Recommendations for Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care to HHS

FEB 02, 2012
Multi-Stakeholder Group Weighs-in on Quality Measures for Use in Federal Healthcare Programs

JAN 31, 2012
NQF Endorses Resource Use Measures

JAN 31, 2012
NQF Endorses Surgical Measures

JAN 24, 2012
Effectiveness of Broad Health Improvement Goals Illustrated in Case Studies from the National Priorities Partnership

JAN 18, 2012
NQF Removes Time-Limited Endorsement for 21 Measures; Measures Now Have Endorsed Status

JAN 17, 2012
NQF Endorses Cardiovascular Measures

JAN 17, 2012
NQF Endorses Patient Safety Measures

JAN 17, 2012
NQF Endorses Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Framework

2010
APR 09, 2010
NQF to Release Updated Safe Practices Implementation Guide

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