Measure Development Process

Call for Concept Period Now Open: F.A.I.R. Measurement Project

 

Deadline to submit concepts: August 30, 2020

 

The National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA), in collaboration with Florida Department of Health Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support, invites members of the EMS Community and the public to submit concepts for consideration in the Feasible, Actionable, Impactful, Relevant (F.A.I.R.) EMS Measurement Project. This project, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, intends to develop rural-relevant quality measures to be used in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Community.  The goal of the F.A.I.R EMS Measurement Project is not only to improve access to quality of care in Florida’s rural areas but also to develop a national model that can be followed by other states.

 

NEMSQA will be providing measure development services for this project. As part of the measure development consultation services, NEMSQA is facilitating this national call for measure concepts and will be facilitating national public comment periods, later in the measure development process.

 

Not all concepts submitted will be chosen for inclusion in this project. However, all concepts will be considered and prioritized using the NEMSQA Measure Development and Adoption Process as outlined below.

 

Click here to submit a measure concept. This survey also contains more information on the F.A.I.R. Measurement Project.

 

The deadline to submit measure concepts is August 30, 2020. Please contact Rick Murray, NEMSQA Staff, at rmurray@nemsqa.org with any questions or concerns.

NEMSQA Measure Development and Adoption Process

 

In this section of the website, you will find broad-view and detailed versions of the NEMSQA Measure Development and Adoption Process. NEMSQA uses a standardized approach to measure development and adoption, and the process map provides details into our approach.

 

At the heart of the process map, you will find that NEMSQA takes a lifecycle approach in developing and maintaining measures. This approach ensures that as each measure developed by NEMSQA, it is thoroughly researched, specified, and tested before it is deployed into the EMS world for use. The lifecycle also ensures that the development process for a measure is never complete, as measures are everchanging entities and they must be regularly maintained by going through the rigor of the lifecycle on a regular, predetermined basis.

 

The current NEMSQA Measure Development and Adoption Process was approved by the Board of Trustees on February 28, 2019, however, it is a living document to be updated as required to improve this process. As the Measure Development Committee works through this process to develop new measures and identify and adopt existing measures owned and stewarded by other organizations, this process will be updated so that it is more efficient and lends itself to the development and adoption of measures that are of increasing value to the EMS community.

 

Since adopting the Measure Development Process and releasing its first measure set, NEMSQA has received many questions about the process, how it relates to NQF, and the annual maintenance periods. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.