NQF conference focuses on patient needs


Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Marilyn Tavenner, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform Mark McClellan, and Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals, are just a few of the healthcare luminaries discussing the importance of healthcare quality information at the upcoming National Quality Forum (NQF) 2014 Annual Conference. 

The event, “Making Sense of Quality Data for Patients, Providers, and Payers,” will take place on February 13-14, 2014 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, DC. 

Panelists and other speakers will address the importance of quality measures for improving our healthcare systems, ways to make healthcare quality information more meaningful to patients and consumers, and how to empower patients and consumers to use information to make better decisions about their care.

Program highlights include a joint keynote address from Senator Tom Daschle and Governor Michael Leavitt focusing on quality in healthcare and an update from Dr Christine Cassel reflecting on the state of NQF and her first year as NQF President and CEO. 

Two panel discussions will seek answers to the questions: “What information do patients want and need?” and “How can government quality data be useful to patients?” 

In addition, winners of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award will be recognized during an awards luncheon on February 13.

A detailed agenda and additional information about the event, including registration, is available online and at www.qualityforum.org.


Marilyn Tavenner, Mark McClellan, Leah Binder, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Leapfrog Group