NQF Webinar to Introduce New Quality Measurement Navigation Tool

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Quality Positioning System will help users find and use NQF-endorsed healthcare quality measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) will host a webinar to launch the beta version of the Quality Positioning System (QPS), a web-based tool for finding and exploring ways to use NQF-endorsed measures.    The webinar, which will take place September 27 at 2pm ET, will include an overview of QPS, presentations from healthcare leaders on how they plan to use QPS, a demonstration of the tool, and an opportunity for Q&A.

QPS was developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It helps users search for NQF-endorsed measures in a variety of ways, including the measure names, numbers, or key search terms, as well as by condition, care setting, or data source. The tool accommodates a range of measure users and their level of expertise in working with measurement and public reporting.

Each measure within QPS has a description of the numerator and denominator and any exclusions, plus the name of the measure developer, its endorsement date, whether it has been risk-adjusted, and whether eMeasures are available for the measure. Up to three measures can be selected at a time for side by side comparison.

Additionally, QPS will allow users to create their own lists of NQF-endorsed measures in customized “portfolios” to fit specific interests or needs, share portfolios with others, and view and copy portfolios that others have generated. This function is designed to help users see others’ real-world application of measures in public reporting and other programs.

“Use of standardized measures in healthcare is fundamental to promoting better, more affordable care, and to improving the health of individuals and their communities,” said Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum. “QPS will make it easier to find nationally vetted and endorsed measures, so organizations can more confidently build their public reporting and quality programs to produce comparable and useful performance results.”

Following an introduction by Anne Weiss, team director and senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, speakers will include:

  •     Anne Weiss, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  •     Yael Harris, Director, HRSA Office of Health Information Technology and Quality
  •     Lisa Mason, AF4Q Project Director, Greater Detroit Area Health Council
  •     Diane Stollenwerk, Vice President of Community Alliances, NQF

“End users, including state and community leaders, played a significant role in shaping the beta version of QPS,” said Diane Stollenwerk. “Our intention is that QPS will help meet needs across the healthcare community, and create an active forum from which organizations can learn from and engage with their peers in the quality improvement field.”

To register for the webinar, please visit http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/npp/registernow.php?id=11873.

To learn more about NQF’s state and community-based efforts, please visit http://www.qualityforum.org/Setting_Priorities/Communities/Serving_State_and_Community_Leaders.aspx.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) operates under a three-part mission to improve the quality of American healthcare by:

  •     building consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement and working in partnership to achieve them;
  •     endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and
  •     promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.

For more information about NQF, visit http://www.qualityforum.org.


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Erin Reese
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