National Quality Measures Clearinghouse

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse
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National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is a database and Web site for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures and measure sets. The NQMC mission is to provide practitioners, health care providers, health plans, […]Continue reading «National Quality Measures Clearinghouse»

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National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is a database and Web site for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures and measure sets.

The NQMC mission is to provide practitioners, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining detailed information on quality measures, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use in order to inform health care decisions. NQMC builds on AHRQ’s previous initiatives in quality measurement, including the Computerized Needs-Oriented Quality Measurement Evaluation System (CONQUEST), the Expansion of Quality of Care Measures (Q-SPAN) project, the Quality Measurement Network (QMNet) project, and the Performance Measures Inventory (PMI).

NQMC provides structured, standardized summaries containing information about measures and their development, using the NQMC Template of Measure Attributes.

  • Domain Framework and Inclusion Criteria

NQMC is a database of measures meeting specific criteria for inclusion. Measures must meet the NQMC inclusion criteria and address some aspect of health care delivery or population health that can be classified into one of the domains described in the Domain Framework.

  • Template of Measure Attributes

The NQMC Template of Measure Attributes is the primary tool used to create measure summary content.

  • Glossary

The NQMC Glossary provides clarifying definitions and examples of terms used to describe common properties of health care measures used in the NQMC structured summaries.

  • Classification Scheme

NQMC uses controlled vocabulary concepts to classify various measure attributes represented in the NQMC measure summary and to facilitate searching and information retrieval.

  • Content Development

NQMC uses a range of methods to identify and collect measures for consideration against the inclusion criteria.

  • Naming Measures

NQMC has developed naming conventions for each domain of measurement represented on the Web site to ensure consistency and accuracy across measures.

  • Measure Hierarchy

NQMC captures information that enables users to view groups of measures within their organizational context.

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