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NQF 2011 National Quality Healthcare Award to Reward Accountable Care

Award applications accepted through Oct. 27

Published: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 13:04


(National Quality Forum: Washington) -- The National Quality Forum (NQF) has opened the application period for its 2011 National Quality Healthcare Award, which recognizes exceptional organizational leadership and innovation to achieve national goals for quality improvement. The 2011 award application is open through Oct. 27, 2010.


NQF presents the National Quality Healthcare Award each year to exemplary health care organizations that are role models for achieving meaningful, sustainable quality improvement in health care. This year, the award will focus on clinical integration, care coordination, and the ability to achieve the best outcomes at the most affordable cost. These areas of focus describe the basic criteria for an accountable care organization that requires hospitals and doctors to work closely together; their payment is based on improving care, meeting quality indicators, and holding costs down. This is the opposite of the current system, where doctors are paid more by providing more services, and hospitals profit by admitting more patients.

“For 17 years, this award has celebrated the best of what’s possible in our health care system and honored role models for achieving real quality improvement in health care,” says Janet Corrigan, NQF president and CEO. “In 2011 we will honor a health care system that is not only committed to quality and has made a difference in its community, but that also provides high value, coordinated, integrated care.”

The 2011 National Quality Healthcare Award will be presented Sept. 14, 2011, in Washington DC.

The award recipient will be selected through a blinded review by a panel of jurors composed of stakeholders from across health care, including experts who represent purchasers, government, payers, health systems, providers, and consumers. NQF is accepting nominations for the award jury through Oct. 18, 2010.

Award application and jury nomination information is available on the NQF website at www.qualityforum.org/Events/Awards.

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) operates under a three-part mission to improve the quality of American health care: setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. In 2008, NQF convened the National Priorities Partnership, a collaborative effort of 32 major national organizations that collectively influence every part of the health care system. By focusing on high-leverage priorities and goals and taking collective action to reach them, the partnership strives to transform health care from the inside out, where it has the best chance to succeed.