Major Quality Measurement Activities

Source of Core Funding

Over 200 national consensus standards have been endorsed so far for care settings across the continuum of care (e.g., acute care hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing homes, home care, palliative and hospice care, other) as well as for conditions (e.g., cancer, asthma, acute coronary syndrome, diabetes, and deep vein thrombosis) and issues (e.g., patient safety, reportable events, medication use). A variety of workshops have been conducted to address specific issues related to quality.

Membership dues, contracts and grants; combination of federal and private.

  • The Consortium selects topics for performance measures development that are actionable, for which established clinical recommendations are available, and for which feasible data sources exist. Work groups review the levels of evidence provided in clinical practice guidelines that demonstrate potential positive impact on health outcomes and propose feasible measures for inclusion in a physician performance measurement set. All specifications for Consortium measures are available at, including specifications for electronic health record systems.

  • As of October 2005, 24 Consortium measures have been NQF-endorsed, and several are included in the AQA starter set.


In-kind funding, national medical specialty societies.

Additional funding for measure development from contracts with CMS.

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