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November 14, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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The terms politics and performance measurement in the same sentence seem to be in conflict. But the intersection between these two concepts is known and acknowledged by those who participate in the field of healthcare measurement.

Politics has been defined by American political scientist Harold Lasswell as “who gets what, when, and how.” How a network is created to attain certain results has substantial political overtones.

So, too, is the world of performance measurement – particularly with the selection process of measures.

Politics enters the process because of multiple competing measures – not all of which received endorsement from the National Quality Forum (NQF) – resulting in “winners and losers.” How does this occur?

In this panel discussion webinar, Jason Goldwater, National Quality Forum Senior Director, Marybeth Farquhar, URAC Vice President of Quality, Research and Measurement, and Aaron Turner-Phifer, URAC Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, will discuss:

  • How performance metrics are viewed by legislators and others in the legislative process
  • How federal agencies select measures for programs
  • NQF’s role in measure selection and whether endorsement influences the selection process
  • How measures are endorsed by NQF
  • Trends around the numbers and the focus of quality measures
  • And much more.

The panel discussion is moderated by Joshua Spofford, URAC Quality Manager. Plus, you’ll get a chance to ask the speakers questions directly through the live Q/A session in the last 30 minutes of the webinar. Register today.


Jason C. Goldwater

Jason is a Senior Director at the National Quality Forum, where he oversees activities related to the evaluation of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as well as projects focused on the use of electronic health to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. Mr. Goldwater has been in the field of health information technology (health IT) for 16 years and has led a number of projects on the utilization of health IT for improved health care delivery.

Marybeth Farquhar

Marybeth is Vice President of Quality, Research, & Measurement at URAC, with responsibility for conceptualizing and implementing URAC’s strategy for measurement and research. Farquhar has more than 30 years of experience in the field of nursing and healthcare administration, research, and quality measurement. Prior to her tenure at URAC, Farquhar was vice president of performance measurement at the National Quality Forum and was responsible for strategic oversight of the consensus development process.

Aaron Turner-Phifer

Aaron is Vice President of Government Relations and Policy at URAC. He has nearly a decade of experience advising and crafting public policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Turner-Phifer has experience working on health care quality initiatives and public policy that impacts Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Insurance Marketplace enrollees. He is an expert political and policy analyst with a unique understanding of the intricacies associated with the development of health care policy. He achieved his Master of Health Administration degree from the George Washington University.