IPRO has been selected to join the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) National Quality Partners™ Leadership Consortium (NQP), composed of 30 NQF member organizations recognized as influencers and champions of health and healthcare quality. The Leadership Consortium provides strategic direction to shape NQP™ priorities, based on the current policy environment and a shared agenda for change. In 2017, the NQP Leadership Consortium selected three major priorities for 2018 include creating an opioid stewardship action plan; developing solutions to measure and improve behavioral health quality, with special attention to serious mental illness; and enhancing the integration of social determinants of health into the everyday practice of clinical medicine.
“We’re delighted to be a part of the NQP Leadership Consortium team as it rolls out work on the 2018 priority areas and considers new areas for prioritization in 2019,” according to IPRO Chief Executive Officer Theodore O. Will.
Other organizations joining the 2018 NQP Leadership Consortium include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Henry Ford Health System, and the Veterans Health Administration. Jennifer N. Edwards, DrPH, will represent IPRO on the NQP Leadership Consortium. Edwards, who is Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning, brings deep knowledge of measuring and reporting quality for Medicaid beneficiaries, as a researcher, policy analyst, and former state official.
“I look forward to working with such esteemed groups, and at this pivotal time for healthcare quality,” says Jennifer Edwards.
The National Quality Forum is the nation’s resource for healthcare quality measurement and improvement. NQF is an independent, not for profit, membership-based organization that brings healthcare stakeholders together to recommend quality measures and improvement strategies that reduce costs and help patients get better care. Visit the NQF website at www.qualityforum.org