NQF Releases Evaluation Report on Use of Performance Measures

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The National Quality Forum has released a new commissioned report that, among other things, evaluates how performance measures are currently being used in the healthcare field.

"An Evaluation of the Use of Performance Measures" also outlines who is using performance measures and for what purpose; summarizes key barriers and facilitators to using measures; and identifies opportunities for maximizing standardized performance measure use moving forward.   

For six months, researchers conducted interviews with measure end-users — such as community collaboratives, health plans, state and federal government agencies and consumer groups — and performed a review of publicly available documents and materials from websites.


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Here are several notable findings from the research:

•    Nearly all instances of measure use included an NQF-endorsed measure, with only 1 percent of organizations studied not using any NQF-endorsed measures.
•    Organizations cited a number of internal and external factors driving their use of performance measures, such as legislative requirements related to quality-based payments and public reporting under the healthcare reform law.
•    The ability of data to construct measures was the single-most important cited factor as either facilitating or impeding the use of measures.
•    Respondents noted that NQF-endorsement or widespread use of a measure enhanced provider buy-in.
•    Interview participants also stressed the need for better alignment between measures used in the public and private sectors around national priorities.

To view the report in full, click here.

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