The National Quality Forum, Washington, received a $3 million unrestricted grant to continue its work on developing consensus standards for quality and performance measurement, patient safety and public reporting in healthcare. The NQF said it would set up an endowment with the grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The not-for-profit forum was founded in 1999 based on the recommendation of a presidential commission and with the help of a $2.5 million founding grant from the foundation as well as federal funding. The NQF had $3.4 million in expenses on revenue of $4.1 million in 2003, according to its Internal Revenue Service Form 990 that year, the most recent available.
The NQF board in August endorsed 36 performance standards for ambulatory care. The forum is working on draft consensus standards for breast-cancer care.