URAC VP of Quality, Research and Measurement Joins NQF Scientific Method Panel

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Washington, DC – October 2, 2017 – URAC Vice President, Quality, Research and Measurement, Marybeth Farquhar has been selected as a member of the National Quality Forum Scientific Methods Panel.

As part of its changes to streamline its measure endorsement process, NQF established the Scientific Methods Panel. Shifting the scientific, methodological review of measures to this panel and NQF staff will allow for greater engagement and participation by consumers, patients, and purchasers on NQF standing committees.

“The changes to NQF’s endorsement process highlight the transformation underway at NQF to make measure endorsement more efficient, foster innovation, and enable greater access to NQF expertise,” said Shantanu Agrawal, MD, NQF’s president and CEO. “These changes reflect our commitment to improving quality—for better care and better health for all Americans.”

The changes, outlined in the 2017 Consensus Development Process Redesign report (PDF), reflect feedback from a recent process improvement event during which key stakeholders examined how NQF endorses measures and identified opportunities to make the process more agile and reduce the cycle time for measure submission and evaluation. Participants suggested shifting the scientific, methodological evaluation of measures to a Scientific Methods Panel and NQF staff to allow consumers, patients, purchasers, and other members of NQF standing committees to focus on bringing their expertise to the subject matter under consideration and be more engaged throughout the evaluation process.

“As a long-time supporter of NQF’s mission to improve health and healthcare quality through measurement, I’m honored to be among those selected for this panel,” says Farquhar.

Farquhar has been actively involved in the National Quality Forum, most recently representing URAC on the National Quality Partners (NQP) Leadership Consortium in 2017, and contributing to NQF’s Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth multistakeholder committee.

 

About URAC

Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in advancing healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement and innovation. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in healthcare and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. For more information, visit urac.org.

 

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