The American Medical Association House of Delegates voted at its annual meeting to let the National Quality Forum know it was keeping an eye on what the forum is doing.
AMA delegates voted to oppose any effort to expand the NQFs mission to include performance-measure development or any action that the NQF might take that would limit or eliminate the role of the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement in the healthcare quality-measurement movement.
Currently, the consortium develops quality measures that the NQF reviews. Measures that win the NQFs endorsement are then used by the CMS, private health plans and others for pay-for-performance programs or quality-improvement strategies.
AMA Trustee James Rohack, a Temple, Texas-based cardiologist, said the AMAs relationship with the NQF has been collegial, but efforts are being made to provide federal funding for the NQFs performance-measure endorsement activities, and this has raised some concerns. We want to continue that collegiate interaction with NQF, but we just dont want something that usurps the consortiums authority as a measure developer, Rohack said.
NQF President and Chief Executive Officer Janet Corrigan previously said that her organization had no intention of developing its own measures and that it would be a conflict of interest to do so. You cant be a neutral evaluator of others measures if you have your own on the table, she said (June 18, p. 11).