National Quality Forum Taps Healthcare Industry Experts to Drive Value Through the Next Generation of New Task Force 

MAY 17, 2019

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National Quality Forum Taps Healthcare Industry Experts to Drive Value Through the Next Generation of New Task Force
The nation’s leading resource driving measurable health improvement announces members of a new task force that aims to provide national recommendations to improve high value, person-centered care by 2030


WASHINGTON, DC - The National Quality Forum (NQF) is proud to announce the members of the National Quality Task Force: Driving Value through the Next Generation of Quality. This Task Force, comprised of the nation’s leading healthcare experts, kicked off in May 2019 and will identify actionable opportunities to improve alignment throughout the healthcare delivery system to achieve better health value and outcomes by the year 2030.

Since its founding in 1999, NQF has addressed the safety and quality concerns of the U.S. healthcare system by working with industry leaders, stakeholders, and its members to establish safe, high-quality care for every person.

Though there have been significant advancements in policy, clinical practice, data, and technology, significant work remains to arrive at the point where every person in every community can expect to consistently and predictably receive high-quality healthcare. The growing concern that the nation is becoming less aligned in its efforts to arrive at this end-goal additionally drives the charge of the National Quality Task Force.

The Task Force has established a core committee led by co-chairs NQF President and CEO Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil and Founding NQF President and CEO Kenneth W. Kizer, MD who will oversee five subcommittees designed to develop cross-cutting, actionable recommendations to serve as a blueprint to drive high-value care and outcomes through the next generation of quality.

A final report with the Task Force’s recommendations will be released later this year made possible by support from Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger, the Aetna Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, the American Hospital Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, GlaxoSmithKline, and HCA Healthcare.

The National Quality Task Force committees are comprised of diverse thought leaders and pioneers representing multiple perspectives across providers, payers, patients, and employers – all committed to driving unprecedented rates of improvement in healthcare quality and outcomes. NQF is pleased to have the support and leadership of nearly 100 organizations and individuals who comprise the core committee and five subcommittees: Clinical and Quality Alignment, Payment and Policy, Consumer and Community-Driven Care, Technology and Transformation, and Promotion and System Change. The Task Force’s panel of Expert Advisors additionally provides high-level counsel and strategic direction in the development of this integral report and its findings.

The National Quality Task Force committee members include:

  • Abby Sears, MBA, MHA OCHIN, Inc.
  • Alan Balch, PhD National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, FACP American College of Physicians
  • Anna Roth, RN, MPH Contra Costa Health Services
  • Barbara Lewis, MBA Joan’s Family Bill of Rights
  • Bharat Sutariya, MD, MS Cerner Corporation
  • Bijan Salehizadeh, MBA, MD, MPH NaviMed Capital
  • Binoy Bhansali, Sandbox Industries
  • Ceci Connolly, Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Clif Gaus, ScD, MPH National Association of ACOs
  • Craig Brammer, MA Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
  • Cynthia Deyling, MD Cleveland Clinic
  • Dana Safran, PhD, MPH Haven
  • David Asch, MD, MBA University of Pennsylvania
  • David B. Pryor, MD Ascension
  • David Baker, MD, MPH, FACP Joint Commission
  • David Hoyt, MD, FACS American College of Surgeons
  • David Levine, MD Vizient
  • David Schutt, PhD, MBA SAE International
  • Donald H. Crane, JD America’s Physician Groups
  • Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Edo Banach, JD National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Elizabeth Goodman, DrPH, JD, MSW America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Elizabeth Rochin, PhD, RN, NE-BC Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • Eric Wei, MD, MBA NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH Families USA
  • Garth Graham, MD, MPH Aetna Foundation
  • Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN University of California, Davis Health School of Nursing
  • Henry Wei, MD Google
  • Ivor Benjamin, MD American Heart Association
  • Jeffrey Rideout, MD, MA, FACP Integrated Healthcare Association
  • Jenny Bryant, MBA PhRMA
  • Joan Maxwell, Patient Partner
  • Jody Amodeo, BSN Towers Willis Watson
  • John Branstetter, Patient Partner
  • Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD HCA Healthcare
  • Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH University of California, Davis Health
  • Kimberly D. Gregory, MD, MPH Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Laura Blum Meisnere, MA Heart Rhythm Society
  • Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, MPH, PhD Cornell
  • Leah Binder, MA, MGA The Leapfrog Group
  • Leah Sparks, MBA Wildflower Health
  • Lewis Levy, MD Teladoc
  • Libby Hoy, Patient Family Centered Care Partners
  • Lisa Woods, Walmart
  • Lucia Savage, JD Omada Health
  • Marcy Carty, MD, MPH CityBlock
  • Margaret E. O’Kane, MHA National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • Margaret N. Mann, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Maria Scarlatos, PharmD Merck
  • Mario Schlosser, MBA, MS Oscar Health
  • Mark Cunningham-Hill, MD New England Business Group on Health
  • Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH John Hopkins University
  • Mary Rutherford, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland
  • Molly K. McCarthy, BSN, MBA Microsoft
  • Nasim Afsar, MD, MBA, SFHM UC Irvine Health
  • Neil A. Martin, MD Geisinger
  • Niall Brennan, MPP Health Care Cost Institute
  • Patricia Kelmar, JD PDKelmar Associates, LLC
  • Patrick Conway, MD Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Patrick Courneya, MD Kaiser Permanente
  • Rachel Katz, Able Health
  • Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP March of Dimes
  • Rahul Shah, MD, MBA Children’s National
  • Randa Deaton, MA Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
  • Rayna Caplan, MPH Caravan Health
  • Richard Evans, MA New York-Presbyterian
  • Ronald S. Walters, MD, MBA, MHA MD Anderson
  • Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, MPP Iora Health
  • Shannon Phillips, MD, MPH Intermountain
  • Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil National Quality Forum
  • Steven J. Brotman, MD, JD Advanced Medical Technology Association
  • Susan B. Frampton, PhD Planetree International
  • Susan Dentzer, DHL Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Susan L. Turney, MD, FACP Marshfield Clinic
  • Thomas H. Lee, MD Press Ganey
  • Thomas Webb, MBA Rush University Medical Center
  • Victor Dzau, MD National Academy of Medicine
  • William Shrank, MD, MSHS Humana Inc.

The National Quality Task Force panel of Expert Advisors include:

  • Bob Kocher, MD Venrock
  • Brent James, MD, MStat Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD Department of Veterans Affairs
  • David Blumenthal, MD, MPP Commonwealth Fund
  • Don Berwick, MD, MPP Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Elliott Main, MD California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
  • Jonathan Slotkin, MD Geisinger
  • Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina
  • Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA California Health Care Foundation
  • Mark McClellan, MD, PhD Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN Former Human Resources and Services Administration
  • Michelle B. Schreiber, MD Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Peter Briss, MD, MPH Centers for Disease Control
  • Sanjay Doddamani, MD, MBA Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


About the National Quality Forum:
The National Quality Forum (NQF) works with members of the healthcare community to drive measurable health improvements together. NQF is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization that gives all healthcare stakeholders a voice in advancing quality measures and improvement strategies that lead to better outcomes and greater value. Learn more at