Quality Forum (NQF) today named Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH, Vice President of
Research and Policy, American Board of Family Medicine, as one of five 2016
Innovation Challenge winners for his concept paper, Use of registry data to
identify and develop Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) and
quality measures. The contest, launched on September 18, challenged NQF
members and others in the measure development community to submit their ideas
to improve quality measurement, and compete to be one of five selected winners
to receive a cash prize and present their proposals at an upcoming webinar.
The winners announced today propose novel methodological approaches to
improving healthcare quality measurement.
Dr. Phillips' paper
proposes using a new data registry open to all primary care physicians to
identify and develop efforts to improve clinical practice and quality measures.
"The ABFM is working to relieve physician burden and to respect their efforts
to improve quality," said Dr. Phillips. "The PRIME Registry aims to liberate
their EHR data and turn it into dashboards to inform patient and population
health. By moving ABFM Performance Improvement Activities into the registry,
our goals are to put quality measures close to quality improvement options, and
to have quality improvement count for both continuous certification and the
Quality Payment Program. We are so pleased that the National Quality Forum
recognizes this as an innovation in quality measurement and improvement."
NQF issued the Innovation Challenge as part of its Measure
Incubator™, an initiative that nurtures the development of needed
measures by connecting organizations interested in particular measure
concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources,
and data. NQF received a total of 24 submissions for the Innovation
Challenge, and all entries will be featured as initial content for the
Measure Incubator's Learning Collaborative. Launching in early 2017, the NQF
Measure Incubator Learning Collaborative will share knowledge, lessons
learned, and best practices to inform, improve, accelerate, and better
target measure development.
"NQF is committed to fostering
learning and improvement in the measure development process," said Cristie
Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health and a member of NQF's
Measure Incubator Working Group Committee that selected awardees. "All of
the papers—and the winners, in particular—pose very thoughtful solutions
to improve measure development and close measure gaps, and will undoubtedly
inspire everyone working to improve the health and lives of Americans
through quality measurement."
The Innovation Challenge winners will
present their papers during NQF webinars later this fall. Each winner will
receive a cash award of $2,000. The Innovation Challenge was supported by a
grant from Merck & Co., Inc.