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Infographic describes two different scenarios of treatment of a heart attack. ‌In the first, Door-to-Balloon quality guidelines are met, but in the second,  treatment does not occur with 90 minutes.  Outcomes are better when NQF measure #0163 Door-to-Balloon is met.
2015/10
Public outreach
  
A factsheet summarizing NQF work related to health information technology, patient care, and quality measurement.
2016/11
factsheet
  
Over the last few years, the National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) has provided a coordinated look at healthcare quality measures to foster the adoption of a more uniform set across federal programs. MAP’s review of measures has helped to facilitate the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Measurement Policy Council’s alignment efforts and early successes for federal accountability programs.
2014/11
December 2014 NQF Web feature story
  
Diagram depicts a process of continuous commenting through all phases of the Consensus Development Process: call for measures, measure review, voting, appeals, maintenance, and then cycling back to call for measures in a circular manner.
2013/10
CDP improvement document: Continuous Commenting on Measures
  
This diagram illustrates nine bubbles labeled with the challenges identified in evaluating cost and resource use measures. The bubbles are shown flowing through a funnel with the output being cost and resource use measures that meet stakeholder needs. The nine bubbles illustrating the challenges include: proprietary measure components, attribution, public and private sector alignment, costing approach, linking quality and costs, risk adjustment, evaluating grouper measures individually, carved out data and reliability at the individual physician level.
2012/06
National Consensus Standards for Cost and Resource Use, IHA Pay for Performance Summit 2013
  
Informational graphic for the NQF Data Initiative.  Healthcare needs to improve and it can. Systems approaches have improved care and can address major healthcare challenges. Patients are a largely untapped resource: expand patient-generated data and ensure data are meaningful to patients. Systems improvement requires good data: integrate multiple data sources and provide timely and clinically relevant feedback. Using good data to accelerate progress remains a national challenge: lack of interoperability, too few tools for clinicians to use data, and difficulty scaling up what works best.
2015/08
Data Needed for Systematically Improving Healthcare (white paper July 2015)
  
Bar graph shows percent distribution of endorsed and non-endorsed measures reviewed by MAP addressing NQS priorities. Bar graph includes 4 stacks of bars with 6 bars in each stack.  First stack is for finalized in programs. Patient and family engagement, 2%. Making care affordable, 4%. Best practices for healthy living, 14%. Communication and care coordination, 17%. Making care safer, 27%. Effective prevention and treatment, 36%. Second stack is for measures under consideration. Patient and family engagement, 4%. Making care affordable, 10%. Best practices for healthy living, 10%. Communication and care coordination, 18%. Making care safer, 39%. Effective prevention and treatment, 19%. Third stack is for recommended by MAP. Patient and family engagement, 4%. Making care affordable, 15%. Best practices for healthy living, 6%. Communication and care coordination, 18%. Making care safer, 46%. Effective prevention and treatment, 12%. Fourth stack is a projection of what the distribution would be if MAP’s recommendations were implemented. Patient and family engagement, 3%. Making care affordable, 7%. Best practices for healthy living, 11%. Communication and care coordination, 17%. Making care safer, 32%. Effective prevention and treatment, 29%.
2013/02
MAP Pre-Rulemaking Report: 2013 Recommendations on Measures Under Consideration by HHS
  
This factsheet summarizes several major improvements resulting from an effort to streamline the MAP pre-rulemaking process, improve the process for MAP members, and strengthen deliverables.
2014/09
public outreach; process improvement
  
This one-page factsheet highlights improvements to the process by which the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) makes recommendations on the use of performance measures. NQF aims to improve MAP continuously by streamlining its process, better engaging MAP members and the public, and strengthening MAP's guidance on measures and their use.
2014/09
public outreach; MAP process improvement effort
  
A map of the United States shows the location of communities focused on quality divided into three categories: Aligning Forces for Quality, Chartered Value Exchange, and Beacon Communities.
2012/03
2012 NQF Report to Congress: Changing Healthcare by the Numbers
  
Figure represents the concept of families of measures and how they populate core measure sets for specific care settings, populations, or level of analysis (e.g., hospital, clinician, post-acute/long-term care).
2012/10
Measure Applications Partnership Strategic Plan: 2012-2015
  
Figure depicts hospice and palliative care along the trajectory of illness. Palliative care can occur in collaboration with disease-modifying therapy that has curative intent, while hospice care occurs once a physician determines that the patient will likely not survive past six months and the patient decides to cease curative therapies.
2012/06
Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy for Hospice and Palliative Care - FINAL REPORT, June 2012
  
A factsheet describes the impact of NQF-endorsed measures in federal programs.
2017/05
handout
  
This factsheet identifies recent questions that have been raised about NQF’s work and NQF’s related activities in each area.
2015/02
public outreach
  
An infographic describing the process by which Depression Remission at 6 Months became an endorsed measure.
2012/10
NQF
  
General description of the Measure Applications Partnership.  MAP includes 150 individuals and 90 organizations. Types of organizations include consumer and advocacy organizations, purchasers, health plans, clinicians and providers, suppliers, accreditation and certification entities, communities and states, and regional collaboratives.
2014/09
General education; appeared in MAP factsheet from 2014
  
Figure represents the application of the MCC Conceptual Model to Javier  with measurement opportunities highlighted for two priority domains of measurement—Patient and Family-Centered Care and Affordable Care.
2012/05
Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework MAY 2012
  
Figure represents the application of the MCC Conceptual Model to changes in Javier’s health with measurement opportunities highlighted for two priority domains of measurement—Safer Care and Affordable Care.
2012/05
Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework MAY 2012
  
MAP is a multistakeholder partnership that guides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for federal health programs.
2015/02
public outreach
  
Candidate measures are evaluated for their suitability based on five sets of standardized criteria in the following order: 1) importance to measure and report; 2) scientific acceptability of measure properties; 3) feasibility; 4) use and usability; and 5) comparison to related or competing measures.
2012/01
unpublished
  
Figure illustrates the steps of the measure lifecycle and the corresponding gaps along the pathway.
2012/10
Measure Applications Partnership Strategic Plan: 2012–2015
  
This factsheet describes the work of NQF in the area of healthcare performance measurement for rural healthcare providers.
2016/04
See also the report, Performance Measurement for Rural Low-Volume Providers, by the NQF Rural Health Committee, published September 14, 2015
  
Figure represents the application of the MCC Conceptual Model to a case study, featuring an individual living with multiple chronic conditions named Javier.
2012/05
Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework MAY 2012
  
Figure depicts a conceptual model for measuring care provided to individuals with MCCs.
2012/05
Multiple Chronic Conditions Measurement Framework MAY 2012
  
Multi-stakeholder committees review measures against five endorsement criteria: 1) importance to measure and report; 2) scientific accebability of measure properties; 3) feasibility; 4) usability and use; and 5) assess related and competing measures. To receive NQF endorsement, measures must meet all five criteria.
2013/08
Field Guide
  
NQF-endorsed measures recommended by the NQF-convened Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) for use in the CMS Readmissions Reduction Program have produced promising results.
2014/06
July/August 2014 NQF Web feature story
  
Factsheet describes the national urgency for safer and more effective antibiotic use and intruduces a new practical playbook on this subject.
2016/05
National Quality Partners Playbook: Antiobiotic Stewardship in Acute Care
  
NQS Aims and Priority Areas. Dimensions of quality are Better Care, Affordable Care, and Healthy People/Healthy Communities. Priorities are Health and Well-Being, Prevention and Treatment of Leading Causes of Mortality, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Effective Communication and Care Coordination, Patient Safety, Affordable Care.
2013/02
MAP Pre-Rulemaking Report: 2013 Recommendations on Measures Under Consideration by HHS
  
Join the NQF Quality Community! Brochure for prospective members of NQF.
2017/03
NQF Member Relations
  
Overview of the Consensus Development Process (CDP) to evaluate and endorse consensus standards, including performance measures, best practices, frameworks, and reporting guidelines.
2013/01
National Consensus Standards for Cost and Resource Use, IHA Pay for Performance Summit 2013
  
Fundraising prospectus. NQF's Contributions to the Nation's Health; NQF's Role in Health and Healthcare; Our Work and Why It Matters
2014/12
Prospectus
  
An introduction to NQF's new Health Equity Program
2017/10
Health Equity Program
  
NQF is an independent organization at the fulcrum of national goals for increasing value and improving healthcare quality. NQF is the national leader in measurement science; a trusted advisor to Congress, HHS, and the Administration; and is working to transform America's healthcare through measurement.
2015/02
CEO New York meeting handout
  
The NQF Measure Incubator is designed to facilitate and accelerate the development of needed measures. The Incubator connects groups interested in particular measure concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources, and data sources.
2017/03
NQF Measure Incubator factsheet
  
(pdf print version, 17in by 11in) The timeline shows the start and end dates of current NQF projects under task orders active as of November 2017
2016/11
Member relations
  
A factsheet describes NQF's strategic direction for the years 2016 through 2019.
2018/01
Introduced at the 2016 Annual Conference. Updated 1/2018.
  
Highlights of NQF work in 2015 included NQS recommendations, improving quality and efficiency in measurement, recommending measures for use in federal programs, indentifying measure gaps in HHS programs, coordinating with measurement initiatives implemented by other payers, and moving the field of measurement science forward.
2016/04
public outreach
  
  
Three sequential and partially overlapping circles correspond to the three phases of an episode of care. Four separate lines crossing all three circles show the possible patient pathways determined by type of cancer and/or treatment plan. ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED THROUGHOUT THE EPISODE: Access to care, Pyschosocial needs, Treatment preferences, Informed decision-making, Palliative care, Family engagement, Health education/Behavior change, Genetic testing/Counseling, Symptom assessment/Management, Rehabilitation, Care coordination, Advanced care planning, Comorbidities, Risk of therapy. DESIRED OUTCOMES: Survival, Health-related Quality of Life, Symptom Management, Risk-adjusted Total Cost of Care, Reintegration into Society.
2012/06
Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy for PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals - June 2012
  
Three sequential and partially overlapping circles correspond to the three phases of an episode of care. APPROPRIATE TIMES THROUGHOUT THE EPISODE: Determination of key patient attributes for risk adjustment, Assessment of informed patient preferences and the degree of alignment of care processes with these preferences, Assessment of symptom, functional, and emotional status. END OF EPISODE: Risk-adjusted health outcomes (i.e., mortality and functional status), Risk-adjusted total cost of care.
2012/01
unpublished
  
This diagram depicts a patient-centered episode of care model for acute myocardial infarction patients. It emphasizes the longitudinal nature of healthcare across time and settings, and suggests longitudinal measurement of healthcare quality to support better understanding of patient health and health outcomes over time. Four sequential and partially overlapping circles correspond to the four phases of the acute cardiovascular conditions (AMI) episode of care. Two separate lines crossing all four circles show the possible patient pathways determined whether a patient is a relatively healthy adult or an adult with multiple co-morbidities. PHASES TO BE CONSIDERED THROUGHT EPISODE OF CARE: Staying healthy, getting better, living with illness/disability or coping with end of life. POST-AMI TRAJECTORY 1 RELATIVELY HEALTHY ADULT FOCUS: Quality of life, Functional status, Secondary prevention strategies, Rehabilitation, Advanced care planning. POST-AMI TRAJECTORY 2 ADULT WITH MULTIPLE CO-MORBITIES: Quality of life, Functional status, Secondary prevention strategies, Advanced care planning, Advanced Directives, Palliative Care/Symptom Control.
2012/10
MAP Families of Measures: Safety, Care Coordination, Cardiovascular Conditions, Diabetes
  
Three sequential and partially overlapping circles correspond to the three phases of the diabetes episode of care. Four separate lines crossing all three circles show the possible patient pathways determined by type of diabetes. ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED THROUGHOUT THE EPISODE: Access to care, medication(s); Psychosocial needs; Treatment preferences; Informed decision-making; Family engagement; Cultural diversity/Language &Literacy; Comorbidities; Symptom assessment; Care coordination; Care transitions; Health education/Behavior change Health education/Behavior change. PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES: Health-related Quality of Life, Symptom Management, Risk-adjusted Total Cost of Care, Healthy lifestyle.
2012/10
MAP Families of Measures: Safety, Care Coordination, Cardiovascular Conditions, Diabetes
  
Figure illustrates how core measure sets, populated from the families of measures, apply to individuals. In this example, Javier is a 65-year old man with heart disease. Measures drawn from the Cardiovascular Family of Measures can assess if Javier is receiving ideal care. When Javier seeks primary care from an internist, his care may be assessed through clinician quality measurement (e.g., Physician Quality Reporting System), so cardiovascular measures in the clinician core set apply. If Javier is hospitalized for an acute event, his care may be assessed through hospital measurement (e.g., Inpatient Quality Reporting Program), so cardiovascular measures in the hospital core set apply. Finally, if Javier needs post-acute care following his acute event, his care may be assessed through post-acute quality measurement (e.g. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program), so cardiovascular measures in the post-acute care/long-term care core set apply.
2013/02
MAP Pre-Rulemaking Report: 2013 Recommendations on Measures Under Consideration by HHS
  
Aspirational Goal: Reduce elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation to 5 percent or less in every state.
Measurement. Strengthen performance measurement collection, transparency, and improvement efforts
Partnership. Reinforce national, state, regional, and local perinatal collaborative partnerships that include patients, providers, and payers.
Communication. Ensure consistent consumer and provider messaging about normal, healthy childbirth and the benefits and harms of EED.
2014/02
Maternity action team materials, 2014
  
Promoting Person-Centered Care for Vulnerable Populations to Safely Reduce Avoidable (Re)admissions.
Goal.
Support the Partnership for Patients in reducing readmissions by 20 percent by:
Leveraging patient, provider, and community partnerships; Identifying and addressing psychosocial needs.
Systems Improvement.
Share promising person-centered tools and resources.
Collaboration.
Leverage partnerships, networks, and relationships.
Patient and Family Engagement.
Engage patients and families to catalyze change.
2014/03
(Re)admissions Action Team materials, 2014
  
Overview of the NPP (Re)admissions Action Team 2012 goals: (1) safely reduce avoidable (re)admissions across all care setting by 20 percent, and (2) increase uptake of patient-centered, team-based care delivery models by 50 percent in all settings.
2012/06
NPP (Re)admissions Action Team materials, mid-2012
  
Success stories in the field of healthcare quality measurement.
2015/04
Public outreach
  
"Patient Safety First...a California Partnership for Health" is an initiative launched in 2010 that achieved remarkable results in 182 facilities in California in just 2 years. 26% reduction in sepsis deaths per 100 sepsis cases. 57% reduction VAP cases per 1,000 ventilator days. 43% reduction CLABSI cases per 1,000 central line days. 24% reduction CAUTI cases per 1,000 patient days. The initiative contributed to saving $63.8 million.
2014/04
April/May 2014 NQF Web feature story
  
This infographic  explains the positive effects performance measurement has had on reducing the number of hospital acquired infections, particularly CLABSIs, in the United States.
2015/02
Field Guide
  
This diagram illustrates the relationship of cost and resource use to Efficiency and Value. Efficiency can be defined broadly as the resource use (or cost) associated with a specific level of performance or quality. Time is sometimes used to define efficiency when determining efficiency of throughput processes or applying time-driven activity based costing methods.  Resource use measures can also be used to assess value by integrating stakeholder preference-weighted assessments of the quality and cost performance (i.e. efficiency).
2013/02
MAP Pre-Rulemaking Report: 2013 Recommendations on Measures Under Consideration by HHS
  
Factsheet describing revised procedures for endorsement decisions, appeals, and nominations.
2016/09
NQF Consensus Development Process
  
Factsheet describes recent developments concerning the risk adjustment of healthcare performance measures for socioeconomic status (SES) and other demographic factors, including income, education, health literacy, and other factors.
2015/11
Factsheet overview of Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status or Other Sociodemographic Factors
  
The Measure Applications Partnership influences upstream and downstream opportunities to address measure gaps. These include conceptualization, development and testing, endorsement, and application.
2012/06
Measuring Healthcare Quality in the Dual Eligible Beneficiary Population: Final Report to HHS, June 2012
  
Advanced Illness Care factsheet
2017/03
Advanced Illness Care Action Team
  
This infographic explores solutions to decrease the number of early elective deliveries of babies in the United States, and the positive outcomes that would result from such a decrease.
2015/02
Field Guide
  
This infographic explains what performance measures are, how they work, and outlines three different types of performance measures that NQF endorses.
2013/08
Field Guide
  
This infographic shows how Patients’ and Consumers’ perspectives on affordability can vary and that affordability does not exist in a vacuum but can depend on multiple factors.
2014/09
Infographic
  
Rising healthcare costs, along with larger deductibles, mean that consumers are increasingly shopping around for high quality healthcare they can afford. Patients and consumers at a recent NQF meeting found that there are options and information.
2015/02
This brief summarizes the discussions from a two-day meeting organized by the National Quality Forum and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  
This infographic explains the aims of the National Quality Strategy - better care, more affordable care, and healthier people and communities, and explains what NQF is doing to help reach these aims.
2013/08
NQS