Report by Advocate Pat Haugen:
I recently had the opportunity to represent NBCC (National Breast Cancer Coalition) at the National Quality
Forum (NQF) National Policy Conference and thought the conference content
and presentations might be of interest.
Established as a public-private
partnership, NQF is a not-for-profit membership organization created to
develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality
measurement and reporting.
NQF has participation from all parts of the
health care system, including national, state, regional, and local groups
representing consumers, public and private purchasers, employers, health
care professionals, provider organizations, health plans, accrediting
bodies, labor unions, supporting industries, and organizations involved in
health care research or quality improvement.
NBCC is a member of NQF and a
member of the Consumer Council. It was encouraging to hear the positive
comments regarding NBCC expressed by other members of the Consumer Council.
The NQF website is www.qualityforum.org
The conference theme was "Quality at the Crossroads" and included a broad
range of topics focused on the overall NQF objective to promote a common
approach to measuring health care quality and fostering system-wide capacity
for quality improvement.
A complete conference transcript and videos for the
two keynote addresses are available at:
The keynote speakers spoke at recent NBCCF conferences, Susan Dentzer,
Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs and Shannon Brownlee, Schwartz Senior
Fellow, New America Foundation. Janet Corrigan, NQF President, introduced
each and also provided an update on the current status of healthcare quality
in the U.S.
Susan Dentzer's address (Day 1 video) included discussion on
health care reform and touched on topics such as new medical models, team
approaches, patient centered medical home, and challenging the current scope
Shannon Brownlee's address (Day 2 video) focused on the
overall theme of overtreatment, with specific focus on impact of the
financial crisis, need for improvement in delivery systems, and comparative
If you have time, I highly recommend listening to these
The conference included topics on health care reform, comparative
effectiveness, payment policy and delivery system changes, eliminating
disparities, and making change happen in communities.
There was significant
emphasis on the National Priorities Partnership (NPP) which was convened by
NQF. NPP Co-Chairs are Don Berwick, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
and Margaret O'Kane, the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
November 17, the NPP formally announced a set of national priorities and
goals that the Partnership identified as central to the transformation of
America's healthcare. The NPP priority areas were described as a roadmap
for NQF to fill important, cross-cutting measurement gaps.
The NPP priority
* Engage patients and families in managing health and making
decisions about care
* Improve the health of the population
* Improve the safety and reliability of America's health care system
* Ensure patients receive well-coordinated care across all providers,
settings, and levels of care
* Guarantee appropriate and compassionate care for patients with
* Eliminate waste while ensuring the delivery of appropriate care
Additional information is available on the NQF website or at
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