The Foundation's Quality/Equality team's strategy relies on increased health care information "transparency" so that providers, purchasers and consumers have information on the quality and cost of health care they can use to make decisions. National efforts to hold the health care system accountable through greater transparency have been hampered by an absence of agreement among major stakeholders about priority goals for measuring and improving health care performance. The purpose of this collaborative project is to complement the National Quality Forum's (NQF) new mission by attempting to achieve consensus on national quality improvement and measurement goals. Ideally, major national measurement stakeholders would then adopt the goals and priorities set by NQF under this project. The project would complement other Foundation team activities to assure the existence of nationally standardized measures of patient-centered, equitable care that are ready for local and regional markets to use for health care quality improvement. For example, the project would be aligned with work by the newly established Quality Alliance Steering Committee, whose mission is to develop and implement measures across an episode of care. The project will be considered successful if it results in consensus around national goals that guide national, regional and local efforts to improve quality.
Amount Awarded $357,050.00
Awarded on: 3/5/2007
Time frame: 3/1/2007 - 11/30/2009
Grant Number: 59667