NQF Annual Conference Opens with Measure Incubator Discussion

Added on Apr 21, 2016

NQF Annual Conference Opens with Measure Incubator Discussion
From Industry Edge April 2016

The National Quality Forum (NQF) hosted its 2016 annual conference, “Re-engineering Quality Data for Value,” in Washington, D.C., April 7 and 8. A key focus area of the event was the NQF’s Measure Incubator, an effort to facilitate efficient measure development and testing through collaboration and partnership.

By connecting groups interested in particular measure concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources, and data, the Measure Incubator seeks to address important aspects of health care for which quality measures are underdeveloped or nonexistent.

The Measure Incubator will bring together topics, developers, data and funding to create novel measures focused on eMeasures, outcome measures, patient-reported outcome measures and cost, efficiency and value measures to ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. These measures are needed to support value-based fee-for-service and alternative payment models.

Specifically, the Measure Incubator will

  • Facilitate development of more meaningful measures that are difficult to construct and test
  • Rapidly fill measurement gap areas
  • Spur development of electronic clinical quality measures to take advantage of the data collected through electronic health records and to help enable measurement, and improvement, in real time
  • Drive outcome-based health care measurement that better reflects the voice of patient and caregiver
  • Advance measurement science by making tools and test beds more accessible to address tough challenges in measurement
  • Improve availability of meaningful measures by identifying proven measures in use by leading providers that could be developed into national standards

Also at the conference, the NQF’s National Quality Partners action teams proposed shared decision making, health literacy, social connectedness, depression and patient-reported outcome measurement as priorities. Additional sessions focused on eMeasures, patient-generated data, home- and community-based services and the advancement of antibiotic stewardship.

In addition, Kate Goodrich, director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, provided a summary of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which establishes a new framework to pay clinicians based on value, not volume, and combines multiple quality reporting programs into the Merit-based Incentive Payment System with major implications for performance measurement, public reporting and payment.