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Will Performance Measurement Lead to Better Patient Outcomes? Performance Measurement and Specialty Societies: What Are the Roles of the National Quality Forum and Medical Specialty Societies?

James M. O’Brien, MD; Janet Corrigan, PhD; Joyce Bruno Reitzner, MBA, MIPH; Lisa K. Moores, MD; Mark Metersky, MD; Robert C. Hyzy, MD; Michael H. Baumann, MD; John Tooker, MD; Bernard M. Rosof, MD; Helen Burstin, MD; Karen Pace, PhD, MSN
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From the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Center for Critical Care (Dr O’Brien), Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH; the National Quality Forum (Drs Corrigan, Burstin, and Pace), Washington, DC; the Department of Medicine (Dr Moores), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; the Center for Bronchiectasis Care, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Metersky), University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT; the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Hyzy), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; the Department of Medicine (Dr Baumann), University of Mississippi Health Care, Jackson, MS; American College of Physicians (Dr Tooker), Philadelphia, PA; the Board of Directors (Dr Rosof), Huntington Hospital; and the Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement (Dr Rosof), Huntington, NY; and Healthcare Practice, Informatics, and Research (Ms Reitzner), American College of Chest Physicians, Northbrook, IL.

Correspondence to: James M. O’Brien, MD, Ohio State University Medical Center, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Center for Critical Care, 201 Davis HLRI, Columbus, OH 43210; e-mail: James.OBrien@osumc.edu


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© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2012;141(2):300-307. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1942
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Performance measures (PMs) are specified metrics by which a health-care provider’s care can be compared with national benchmarks. The use of PMs is a key component of efforts to improve the quality and value of health care. The National Quality Forum (NQF) is the federally recognized endorser of PMs. From 2006 to 2009, the Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) of the American College of Chest Physicians engaged in the review of proposed PMs as a member of the NQF. This article provides a review of the QIC’s experience with PMs and NQF membership and the lessons learned, an overview of the enhancements made to the NQF endorsement process in 2010 and 2011, and a discussion of the next steps that would further strengthen the measure development and endorsement processes and increase the likelihood of measurement leading to better patient outcomes.


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