Identify a government body or quality related organization. The National Quality Forum The purpose of the National Quality Forum. • To improve the quality of healthcare in the United States by setting goals and prioritizing them in order to improve performance. • To promote a national consensus standards for the purpose of determining the degree of compliance and reporting the findings. • To achieve the national goals by means of education and through outreach programs. • Strategic Goals
To establish a structure for gathering leaders in the public and private sector in order to set national priorities and the goals in regards to performance and improvement of the United States healthcare system. 2. To establish a “Performance Measurement Framework” in order to evaluate the performance and progress in reaching the national goals. 3. To strengthen and develop a more efficient form of evaluation and maintenance processes. 4. To encourage and sponsor education and outreach for the purpose of achieving advances in quality of care.
5. To develop an effective and efficient infrastructure for evaluation and reporting purposes. 3. The organizational structure of the National Quality Forum. • The President and CEO • Board of Directors • Performance Measures of the National Quality Forum • Information Resources Department • National Priorities Partnership • Membership 4. Interaction with Healthcare Providers • Virtually every area of healthcare is represented in the diverse members of the Board of Directors. • Keeping healthcare providers updated on all aspects of the NQF.
• Supplying healthcare providers with the necessary tools needed to achieve ongoing progress in the quality of health care. • Working with healthcare providers to ensure the greatest degree of patient safety. 5. Implications for healthcare managers. • Healthcare managers have the responsibility of enforcing all policies put into place by the NQF. • Healthcare managers have the responsibility of overseeing compliance and reporting non-compliance. • Healthcare managers have the responsibility of keeping accurate records so that NFQ can perform accurate evaluations.
• Healthcare managers have the responsibility of keeping the staff updated and informed of any changes in policies or information in regards to the NQF. • Healthcare managers have the responsibility of keeping themselves updated with any information in regards to the NQF. 6. Contact Information • National Quality Forum 601 13th Street NW Suite 500 North Washington, DC 20005 Phone: (202) 783-1300 • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 540 Gaither Road Rockville, MD 20850 Telephone: (301) 427-1364 • Massachusetts Nurses Association
Turnpike Street Canton, Massachusetts 02021 Phone: 781. 821. 4625 Works Cited Advances in Patient Safety. (2008). Retrieved October 28, 2008, from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: http://www. ahrq. gov/downloads/pub/advances/vol4/Kizer1. pdf Medical Care, Volume 5, Number 6. (2007). Retrieved October 28, 2008, from Massachusetts Nurses Association: http://www. massnurses. org/News/2007/05/StoneMedicalStudy. pdf National Quality Forum. (2008). Retrieved October 28, 2008, from National Quality Forum: http://www. nqf. org