DEC 04, 2014NEJM Perspective Piece Recommends Ways to Enhance Healthcare Measurement
The December 4, 2014, edition of the New England Journal of Medicine includes a Perspective piece authored by National Quality Forum President and CEO Christine Cassel, MD, and other quality leaders about increasing the likelihood of success for performance measurement. The article, “Getting More Performance from Performance Measurement,” makes several recommendations for strategies that healthcare stakeholders can use to spur advances in measurement.
DEC 01, 2014NQF Begins Annual Review of Quality Measures for Use in 20 Federal Programs
The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), convened each year by the National
Quality Forum (NQF) begins its work today to review 202 standardized performance measures that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering for use in 20 federal health programs.
NOV 25, 2014NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership Issues Report on Quality Measures for Children Enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP
Expanding its work on measures of quality of care for low-income and vulnerable populations, MAP recently provided input to HHS on a core set of healthcare measures used to monitor and improve the quality of services provided to children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, which extends coverage to children in middle-income families.
NOV 13, 2014Ten Groups will Test and Enhance NQF Population Health Guide
Ten groups in communities located across the country will collaborate to further improve the health of their populations by field-testing the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Action Guide 1.0. Selected from a pool of 40 applicants, the groups will provide on-the-ground testing of the Guide over the next 18 months.
SEP 23, 2014Finding Affordable Care: Asking the Right Question is Key
What information do patients need to find affordable care? The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a report, consumer fact sheet (PDF) and an infographic resulting from an in-depth look at the rising cost of healthcare, how patients define affordability, and what information and changes are needed for consumers to get the best possible healthcare at the lowest possible cost.
SEP 22, 2014NQF Applauds Passage of IMPACT Act of 2014
The National Quality Forum (NQF) commends the Congress for passing the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014” or IMPACT Act, on Thursday. September 18, 2014. Both houses of Congress passed the bipartisan legislation this week, which takes important steps towards strengthening quality in the post-acute care (PAC) setting.
SEP 16, 2014NQF Seeks Field Testing Groups for Population Health Guide
Programs and policies that promote health and disease prevention could potentially yield hundreds of billions of dollars in savings for the US health system, according to a 2007 report by the Commonwealth Fund.” To help spur these types of improvements, the National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking up to 10 collaborative groups from across the country to field test the NQF Action Guide 1.0 - a handbook designed to assist groups working together to improve health across a population, at the local, regional, state, or national level.
AUG 21, 2014New “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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014Presidential 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF Update on Safe Practices Audit
The NQF Consensus Standards Approval Committee approved the Safe Practices Audit on May 13.
MAY 15, 2014NQF 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, 2014Statement 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, 2014Statement from NQF on Review of Sepsis Measure
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
APR 23, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF 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, 2014Statement From National Quality Forum
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, 2014NQF 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, 2014NQF-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, 20142013 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, 2014NQF 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.
DEC 13, 2013NQF Endorses Measure Assessing Cost of Services for Hospitalized Medicare Beneficiaries
OCT 31, 2013NQF Elects New Members to its Board of Directors
SEP 30, 2013NQF Endorses Additional Gastrointestinal Measure
AUG 16, 2013NQF Endorses Gastrointestinal Measures
JUL 18, 2013NQF to Launch New Tools Focused on Using Quality Measures for Improvement
JUL 11, 2013National Standards to Evaluate Health Care Quality Based On How Patients Feel
JUN 26, 2013New National Quality Forum (NQF) CEO Dr. Christine Cassel Testifies at U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing on June 26th
MAY 07, 2013National Quality Forum Testifies at U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing
APR 24, 2013Dr. Christine Cassel and Four Other NQF Board Members Named to Modern Healthcare’s List of Most Influential Physicians
APR 12, 2013NQF Removes Time-Limited Endorsement for Four Measures; Measures Now Have Endorsed Status
MAR 06, 2013NQF Endorses Additional Infectious Disease Measures
MAR 06, 2013NQF Endorses Additional Neurology Measures
MAR 06, 2013NQF Endorses Two Additional Pulmonary Measures
FEB 04, 2013NQF-Convened Group Provides Recommendations on Measures for Federal Healthcare Programs
JAN 31, 2013National Priorities Partnership Names Dr. Susan Frampton as its New Co-Chair
JAN 31, 2013NQF Upholds Endorsement of Planned Readmissions Measures
JAN 16, 2013NQF Endorses Additional Patient Safety Measures
JAN 09, 2013NQF Endorses Additional Pulmonary Measure
JAN 08, 2013NQF Endorses Infectious Disease Measures
DEC 17, 2012Dr. Christine Cassel Named New President and CEO of the National Quality Forum
DEC 17, 2012NQF Endorses Additional Set of Complication-Related Patient Safety Measures
DEC 12, 2012NQF Elects New Member Council Leadership
DEC 06, 2012NQF Elects New Members to its Board of Directors
NOV 05, 2012NQF Endorses Behavioral Health Measures
NOV 05, 2012NQF Endorses Neurology Measures
OCT 30, 2012NEW DATE - Find NQF-Endorsed Measures Faster and Easier: NQF Launches its Quality Positioning System Version 1.0
OCT 24, 2012Find NQF-Endorsed Measures Faster and Easier: NQF Launches its Quality Positioning System Version 1.0
OCT 23, 2012NQF Endorses Additional Cancer Measures
OCT 23, 2012NQF Endorses Population Health Measures
AUG 20, 2012National Quality Forum Names Mountain States Health Alliance Winner of 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award
AUG 10, 2012NQF Endorses Additional Complication-Related Patient Safety Measures
AUG 10, 2012NQF Endorses Cancer Measures
AUG 10, 2012NQF Endorses Care Coordination Measures
AUG 10, 2012NQF Endorses Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Measures
AUG 01, 2012NQF Removes Time-Limited Endorsement for 13 Measures; Measures Now Have Endorsed Status
JUL 31, 2012NQF Endorses Pulmonary and Critical Care Measures
JUL 19, 2012NQF to Host Webinar Exploring Current Systems and Approaches to Tracking Healthcare Measures
JUN 29, 2012NQF Board of Directors Upholds Endorsement of All-Cause Readmissions Measure
JUN 19, 2012NQF Endorses Complications-Related Patient Safety Measures
JUN 04, 2012Measure Applications Partnership Submits Recommendations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries to HHS
JUN 04, 2012Measure Applications Partnership Submits Recommendations to HHS on New Quality Reporting Programs
MAY 07, 2012NQF Approves Expansion of Settings for Nursing Home Measures
MAY 03, 2012NQF Endorses Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework
MAY 03, 2012NQF Endorses Prevention Care and Screening Measures
MAY 02, 2012NQF Endorses Additional Surgical Measures
APR 24, 2012NQF Endorses All-Cause Unplanned Readmissions Measures
APR 02, 2012NQF Endorses Additional Resource Use Measures
APR 02, 2012NQF Endorses Perinatal Measures
APR 02, 2012NQF Endorses Renal Measures
MAR 13, 20122011 John M Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced
MAR 01, 2012NQF Launches New Tool to Help Align Performance Measurement
MAR 01, 2012NQF President and CEO Janet Corrigan Announces Plans to Step Down
FEB 14, 2012NQF Endorses Palliative and End-of-Life Care Measures
FEB 13, 2012NQF Retires 22 Measures
FEB 13, 2012Partnerships Between Hospitals and Community Organizations to be Discussed in Upcoming Patient Safety Webinar
FEB 06, 2012Measure Applications Partnership Submits Recommendations for Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care to HHS
FEB 02, 2012Multi-Stakeholder Group Weighs-in on Quality Measures for Use in Federal Healthcare Programs
JAN 31, 2012NQF Endorses Resource Use Measures
JAN 31, 2012NQF Endorses Surgical Measures
JAN 24, 2012Effectiveness of Broad Health Improvement Goals Illustrated in Case Studies from the National Priorities Partnership
JAN 18, 2012NQF Removes Time-Limited Endorsement for 21 Measures; Measures Now Have Endorsed Status
JAN 17, 2012NQF Endorses Cardiovascular Measures
JAN 17, 2012NQF Endorses Patient Safety Measures
JAN 17, 2012NQF Endorses Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Framework
APR 09, 2010NQF to Release Updated Safe Practices Implementation Guide