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National Quality Forum (NQF)

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of health care nationally. NQF aims to


  • convene key public- and private-sector leaders to establish national priorities and goals to achieve health care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable;
  • make NQF-endorsed standards the primary standards used to measure and report on quality and efficiency of health care in the United States; and
  • be a major driving force for and facilitator of continuous quality improvement of U.S. health care quality.

To learn more, read NQF’s 2012 Report to Congress.

NQF is also responsible for these other activities that support the measure endorsement process and the national quality strategy:

Measure Applications Partnership
The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) is a public-private partnership convened by NQF. MAP’s sole purpose is to provide input to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs.

Guided by the priorities and goals of HHS’s National Quality Strategy, the MAP Coordinating Committee provides direction and direct input to HHS. Four work groups advise this committee on measures needed for specific care settings, care providers, and patient populations. Each multistakeholder work group includes individuals with content expertise and organizations particularly affected by the work.

America’s Essential Hospitals is proud to participate in these work groups, with representation in the Hospital and Dual Eligible Beneficiaries work groups. David Engler, PhD, senior vice president for leadership and innovation at America’s Essential Hospitals, and Ann Marie Sullivan, MD, a senior vice president at Elmhurst Hospital Center, serve on the Hospital Workgroup. Steven Counsell, MD, chief of geriatrics, Wishard Health Services, represents America’s Essential Hospitals in the Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Workgroup. These workgroups released final reports to HHS on June 1, 2012.

Steering Committees
Steering committees involve varied stakeholders to review and recommend measures to go to the Consensus Standards Approval Committee, a standing committee of the NQF board, for NQF endorsement. America’s Essential Hospitals has proudly had member leaders serve on steering committees for palliative care, population health, and patient safety measures.

National Priorities Partnership (NPP)
America’s Essential Hospitals is a partner organization of the National Priorities Partnership (NPP), a multistakeholder group convened by NQF to align public and private-sector efforts toward a shared vision of improving health and health care. The NPP also provides input to HHS on national priorities and goals. America’s Essential Hospitals staff members participate on the Maternity Action Team and (Re)admissions Action Team of the NPP.

New Tools from NQF
The Quality Positioning System (QPS) helps people more easily find NQF-endorsed measures. Users can create lists of measures in customized portfolios to fit specific interests or needs and share those portfolios with others, as well as view and copy portfolios that others have created. QPS is ideal for organizations that use measures for quality improvement and public reporting, as well as for measure developers, policy analysts, and others interested in identifying uses of and discovering potential gaps in measures.

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