In an agenda delivered to HHS, the National Quality Forum identified a list of top-priority measure-gap areas it said must be addressed in order to standardize quality measurement and improve care. Those areas in need of measures, the NQF said, include shared decision-making, prevention of adverse events and communication.
NQF prioritizes areas in need of measures
The recommendations were the work of NQF's Measure Prioritization Advisory Committee, a multi-stakeholder group tasked with identifying priority areas and crafting a measurement development and endorsement agenda.
“This prioritization project, requested and funded by HHS, provides guidance on how best to invest measure development resources, and will also assist NQF in evolving the portfolio of endorsed measures to be most useful for public reporting, performance-based payment and quality improvement,” NQF President Janet Corrigan said in a news release.
Dr. George Isham, co-chair of the committee and medical director and chief officer of HealthPartners, Bloomington, Minn., said measure standardization would help to reduce variations in quality of care by ensuring “broad transparency on the value of care around the most prevalent conditions and health risks that account for the greatest share of healthcare spending.”
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