While others have made news with layoffs and cutbacks, the National Quality Forum has made three significant hires this year in order to handle its increasing workload and the expanding role being played by its performance-measure vetting operation.
NQF adds to upper management as its role expands on performance measurement
The latest move was bringing in former Veterans Affairs Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management Laura Miller, who was hired last week to be the NQFs senior vice president and chief operating officer. Most recently, Miller served as the interim executive director of the National eHealth Collaborative, a group tasked with encouraging the interoperability of health information technology.
Earlier this month, former CMS official Thomas Valuck was appointed senior vice president of strategic partnerships. In February, Peter Angood, former Joint Commission vice president and chief patient safety officer, was hired as a senior adviser on patient safety.
NQF is expanding its scope and volume of work, so its been necessary to broaden our senior management team, said the organizations president and CEO, Janet Corrigan. We have to make sure the portfolio of NQF-endorsed performance measures is robust enough to provide measures that are needed for new public reporting programs, new payment mechanisms and new quality improvement initiatives.
Corrigan said Millers focus as COO will be on internal operations and expanding the organization while maintaining its own high level of performance. Valuck will be working on multistakeholder partnerships such as the National Priorities Partnership initiative, while Angood will be responsible for ongoing enhancement of safety projects.
Two years ago, the American Medical Associations House of Delegatesout of concern the NQF was expanding the scope of its workpassed a resolution opposing any effort to expand the NQF mission to include performance-measure development or any action the NQF might take that could limit the role of the AMA-convened, performance-measure generating Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (July 16, 2007, p. 38).
According to an e-mailed statement attributed to the AMA and not to any individual, the AMA said, We have a strong appreciation for the work of NQF and continue to work closely with them.
Corrigan, who was recently named by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare, reiterated her claim that the NQF is in the measure-endorsementnot developmentbusiness. Corrigan added that the Physician Consortium is working closely with the NQF-convened National Priorities Partnership, which is concentrating on improving patient and family engagement in healthcare, population health, safety, care coordination, palliative and end-of-life care, and overuse. We have a very good relationship with the PCPI, Corrigan said, adding that the NQF is also working on an interface between performance measures and health IT.
Thats a very important issue right now, she said, explaining that the goal is to develop standardized and easier-to-use methods of capturing the data needed for performance measures. It is a work in progress.
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