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An Update on NQF in 2019

Tuesday, January 7, 2020  


An Update on NQF in 2019 

Andreea Dohatcu, PhD, DABR, MRSC, CMQ
NQF Committee Member


In 2019, the National Quality Forum (NQF) had two meetings on "Improving Diagnostic Quality and Safety/Reducing Diagnostic Error: Measurement Considerations." 


In the first (orientation) web meeting, the NQF project's staff gave us an overview of the project and NQF. As the web meeting progressed, they presented the project objective and timeline, roles and responsibilities. Once complete, the previous work was reviewed. 


Following that, Andrew Lyzenga-NQF Senior Director, introduced the "Project Framework". 


The "Environmental Scan" was discussed next by Jean-Luc Tilly, Senior Project Manager. 

This consisted of updating the measure inventory; identifying new measure concepts and high-priority areas for measure development; revising the Diagnostic Process and Outcomes domain of the "Framework" and update applicable cross-cutting themes. Once complete, a Q&A session was conducted to give us a better idea on where to go from there. 


In the second meeting we went further and refined four "Use Cases" to make sure they:


  • Are based in Diagnostic Process and Outcomes domain  

  • Identify cause of the error 

  • Propose a comprehensive resolution of the error  

  • Include setting/population-specific considerations



About Andreea Dohatcu, PhD, DABR, MRSC, CMQ

Dr. Dohatcu is a diagnostic medical physicist at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She has experience in checking and assuring image quality and safety for Radiology Departments in hospitals and clinics. Her daily tasks include
Reducing Diagnostic Error: Measurement Considerations Committee Roster Three identifying and troubleshooting artifacts in the images acquired using a variety of scanner types: computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (US), mammography, fluoroscopy, and general radiography using either x-rays, electromagnetic, or mechanical waves.



For more information on participating in NQF, access Dr. Casey's column in the Jan-Feb 2020 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ) here

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