The National Quality Forum has completed the first year of a four-year contract with HHS, but it's still too early to determine how successful the not-for-profit quality organization will be in its new role, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report. As mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, HHS selected the NQF in January 2009 to perform five functions related to healthcare quality measurement, including endorsing and maintaining quality measures and promoting the use of electronic health records. The NQF has begun work on all of the duties outlined in the Medicare Improvements Act, the GAO said. For instance, in order to spur the development and use of EHRs, the forum has started implementing the Quality Data Set, a framework for standardizing EHR data. But subsequent annual performance and cost reports—including the second report due in January 2012—will reveal more about how the organization is actually faring, the GAO said. In its first contract year, the NQF reported $6.5 million in costs and fixed fees to HHS, according to the report.
Late News: NQF finishes its first year of quality measurement for HHS
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