National Quality Forum (NQF)

National Quality Forum (NQF)

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. Specifically, NQF:

  • Convenes working groups to foster quality improvement in both public- and private-sectors;
  • Endorses consensus standards for performance measurement;
  • Ensures that consistent, high-quality performance information is publicly available; and
  • Seeks real time feedback to ensure measures are meaningful and accurate.

NQF endorsement is the gold standard for healthcare quality. NQF-endorsed measures are evidence-based and valid, and in tandem with the delivery of care and payment reform, they help:

  • Make patient care safer;
  • Improve maternity care;
  • Achieve better health outcomes;
  • Strengthen chronic care management; and
  • Hold down healthcare costs. New directions are further strengthening how we engage with the healthcare community to drive quality improvements.

Above all, NQF is a forum, and we are listening and making improvements that respond to the needs of our healthcare partners, while simultaneously making sure membership is a meaningful experience. The focus of NQF's work includes:

  • Getting to better measures faster;
  • Making the current review and endorsement process for measures more flexible to meet changing needs;
  • Helping make sense of quality measurement and improvement reports for patients, families, and policymakers; and
  • Convening diverse stakeholders to spur action, innovation, and improvement.
Last Updated: 10/30/2014