Figure 3: The NQF consensus development process (Text Description)

Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives

Flowchart of National Quality Forum consensus development process. It begins with Project Startup: Convene Steering Committee, Refinement of Scope, Call for Measures, followed by Staff Review and Screening, and Steering Committee Screens Measures. If measure not in scope, process stops. Otherwise, staff engage in measure evaluations, followed by Steering Committee evaluating and approving measures. During this process, measures are referred to the developer for revision as appropriate and comments are forwarded to Steering Committee as appropriate. This step includes opportunity for public and member/council comment and input into the process. All measures put forward to membership for comment. Measures not approved by the Steering Committee will be presented "en bloc" to the membership for comment and voting. The next step is Public/Member Comment Received and Processed (30 days). All measures are put forward to membership for voting. Measures not approved by the Steering Committee will be presented "en bloc" to the membership for comment and voting. The next step is membership voting (30 days), which includes opportunity for public and member/council comment and input into the process. This leads to the iterative process of CSAC deliberations, which may go back and forth with membership voting several times. CSAC may refer same/revised measure back for a second round of voting. If measure is not approved, process stops. Appeals that are received go back for CSAC deliberations. Appeals are reviewed by the CSAC and referred to the Board of Directors for consideration. When measures are approved, the final step is Board of Directors ratification and NQF endorsement.

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Internet Citation: Figure 3: The NQF consensus development process (Text Description): Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives. May 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/perfmeasguide/perfmeaspt4fig3txt.html