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Updated: May 12, 2009
National Quality Forum Convenes Movement To Transform Healthcare

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has called for its members to focus on achieving the National Priorities Partnership’s blueprint for world-class, affordable healthcare, the organization said.

NQF is the convening member of the National Priorities Partnership – a coalition of 28 major national organizations representing those who receive, pay for, deliver and evaluate healthcare.

The partnership unveiled the most comprehensive agenda of its kind to transform healthcare during a time of severe economic strain by cutting waste and better investing resources to fundamentally improve care, NQF said.

The NQF board of directors unanimously endorsed the set of six cross-cutting priorities - patient and family engagement, population health, safety, care coordination, palliative and end-of-life care, and overuse.

"NQF revised and expanded its mission to include the convening of the partnership because we believe that a collective effort such as this will be crucial to the success of future healthcare reform efforts," said William Roper, chair of the NQF board of directors. "The partnership is about transforming healthcare from the inside out."

"The priorities allow us to focus our collective efforts around areas that have the greatest potential for substantial improvements," said Janet Corrigan, NQF president and CEO. "But setting the priorities is just the first step. The harder part is still to come – taking real actions, even if they are difficult, to achieve the ambitious goals set by the partnership."

Collectively, NQF members have made significant contributions to rethinking the way care is coordinated across providers and settings, with the anticipation that "care coordination" would be one of the priorities, NQF said.

NQF said it recently initiated a consensus project that will help to improve the coordination of healthcare through endorsed practices and performance measures that encourage shared accountability across providers and systems.

NQF said it has also worked to identify gaps in its portfolio where additional measures are needed to gauge progress in achieving the ambitious goals. Within the next year, NQF said it plans to conduct additional consensus projects to address measurement gaps and will consider existing measures for endorsement and stimulate measure development in areas where they are needed.

Through endorsement and harmonization activities, NQF can help to align the measurement systems used to assess progress toward achieving the priorities and goals.

Address: National Quality Forum, 601 13th St. NW, Suite 500 North, Washington DC 20005; (202) 783-1300,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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