The National Quality Forum (NQF) is revising its procedures related to quality measure evaluation and endorsement.
Starting in early 2017, the NQF board of directors will no longer ratify the organization’s measure endorsement decisions. Instead, the newly created NQF Appeals Board, which the board of directors appoints, will oversee appeals.
This revision means the Consensus Standards Approval Committee (CSAC), the board of directors, and the executive committee no longer will take part in appeals processes for measure endorsement decisions. To ensure diverse stakeholder perspectives, the board will appoint members to the Appeals Board from former members of the CSAC, NQF standing committees, and current board members.
The new appeal processes will apply to measure endorsement projects having in-person meetings scheduled after August 2016. All NQF Appeals Board decisions will be final.
Meanwhile, as of August, nominations to standing NQF committees and the Measure Applications Partnership will remain open for just one year — down from the previously allowed two years — to ensure nominations remain current.