NQF Leadership Consortium Adds Implementation Collaborative

June 20, 2022
Group will identify one top healthcare quality priority and participants will pilot test strategies for improvement over a 12-month period

As it named the 35 members of its new Leadership Consortium, the National Quality Forum (NQF) announced it will change the program this year: The leaders will focus on identifying one top healthcare quality priority to serve as a springboard for an Implementation Collaborative in which Leadership Consortium participants will pilot test strategies for improvement over a 12-month period.

The Leadership Consortium is a forum of multistakeholder healthcare experts representing NQF member organizations. They identify actionable strategies to improve healthcare quality and drive lasting change in key areas. The group’s guidance informs the direction of NQF programs and drives improvement across healthcare.

“To achieve meaningful change, operational learnings and quality measurement need to be inextricably tied,” said Leadership Consortium Co-Chair Reena Duseja, M.D., M.S., senior advisor, Office of Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Quality and Patient Safety, Veterans Health Administration, in a statement. “The addition of the Implementation Collaborative to the Leadership Consortium is not only critical, but a unique multistakeholder opportunity to pilot promising strategies, which in turn will inform prospects for driving impactful change,”

The group will hold its first meeting next month. During this meeting, the members of the Leadership Consortium will discuss six urgent issues in the current healthcare landscape, including the collection and use of social determinants of health data and the improvement of patient safety in ambulatory care settings. The group will prioritize one topic as a focus area, then collectively identify and recommend improvement opportunities to be tested during the Implementation Collaborative throughout 2023.

“We have been gathering feedback from our member organizations to elevate the impact of this forum. They are eager for the opportunity to maximize their contributions to continuous improvement within the field and it was encouraging to see their overwhelming enthusiasm in the high volume of applications received. We are looking forward to working with this stellar group of national leaders to drive meaningful change in healthcare,” said Dana Gelb Safran, Sc.D., president and CEO of NQF, in a statement.

The members of the 2022 Leadership Consortium are:

  • Co-Chair: Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, FAAPL, President & CEO, American Association for Physician Leadership
  • Co-Chair: Reena Duseja, MD, MS, Senior Advisor, Office of Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Quality and Patient Safety, Veterans Health Administration
  • Girma Alemu, MD, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Ashrith Amarnath, MD, MS-SHCD, Senior Medical Director, Covered California
  • Jane Brock, MD, MSPH, Medical Director, Federal Health Solutions, Telligen
  • Betty Chu, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Associate Chief Clinical Officer/Chief Quality Officer, Henry Ford Health System
  • Dan Culica, MD, MA, PhD, Senior Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Mary Ditri, DHA, FHELA, FACHE, Vice President, Community Health, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Eileen Esposito, DNP, MPA, RN, AMB-BC, CPHQ, Board Member, Nursing Alliance for Quality Care
  • Shelley Fuld Nasso, MPP, CEO, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
  • Susan Gaffney, Executive Vice President of Membership, Development, and Events, National Health Council
  • Shawn Griffin, MD, FAAFP, President & CEO, URAC
  • Hilary Hatch, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Phreesia
  • Amy Helwig, MD, MS, Executive Vice President, RTI Health Advance
  • Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM, Quality Liaison, American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Robert Jones, MD, Interim Associate Chief for Value Based Operations, Cleveland Clinic
  • Loren Kirk, PharmD, CPHQ, CAE, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Pharmacy Quality Alliance
  • Danielle Lloyd, MPH, Senior Vice President of Private Market Innovations and Quality Initiatives, America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Julie Malloy, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, PMP, CPHQ, FNAP, Director of Quality, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Amy Minnich, MHSA, CPC, RN, Associate Vice President, Innovation Operations, Geisinger Health System
  • Sarita Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, The SCAN Foundation
  • Dustin Nowaskie, MD, Founder & President, OutCare
  • Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, Senior Clinical Advisor, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care
  • Padmaja Patel, MD, DipABLM, FACLM, Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

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