Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NQF Webinar: What's the Easiest Way to Find and Compare NQF-Endorsed Measures?

This Friday, the National Quality Forum (NQF) will host a webinar from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the enhanced Quality Positioning System (QPS 2.0), the most comprehensive and reliable source for finding and comparing NQF-endorsed measures. QPS 2.0 allows people to create portfolios of measures, search by inclusion in Federal reporting and payment programs, and provide feedback at any time on the measures themselves. The webinar will also discuss the new Field Guide to NQF Resources, an online tool that offers easy to understand explanations of key concepts in quality measurement and NQF’s role.

This webinar is especially relative to the work of the INQRI program. Following the 2004 publication of the NQF report, “National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing-Sensitive Care: An Initial Performance Measure Set,” the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) convened a group of researchers and stakeholders to set priorities for the NQF-identified research agenda.  Inspired by the conversations and work of scientists and stakeholders, RWJF launched the INQRI program.  INQRI's first call for proposals was released in October 2005 and focused on measurement.

In 2006, the first round of INQRI-funded interdisciplinary teams began their research studies. These nine projects addressed three major areas: (1) investigating the link between the work of nurses and the quality of care provided in hospitals; (2) producing and validating measures that capture nurses' contributions to quality care in hospitals; and (3) evaluating the impact of innovative nurse-led initiatives on patient outcomes.

This spring, Medical Care released a special supplement which was focused entirely on the INQRI program.  Included was an article that documents INQRI's contributions to measuring nursing's impact on quality.  Click here for more details.

To learn more about some of the projects funded under that first call for proposals, check out this blog post by former INQRI National Advisory Committee member Ellen Kurtzman.

To register for the NQF webinar this Friday, please click here.

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