UMass Medical School senior medical director appointed to National Quality Forum committee

April 20, 2016

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has appointed Jill Morrow-Gorton, MD, MBA, a senior medical director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, to its Pediatric Performance Measures Standing Committee.

“I was honored to be chosen to participate on an NQF committee. As the gold standard for quality measures, they follow a rigorous process to assure that the measures they endorse are both evidence-based and usable,” said Morrow-Gorton, who is an associate professor in pediatrics and Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School and senior medical director in the Office of Clinical Affairs.

The NQF is a nonprofit organization that works to improve health care and promote patient protections through the endorsement of health care quality standards in the U.S.  The standing committees on designated topics evaluate performance measures submitted to the organization and recommend whether the NQF should endorse the measures, which are used for research or quality improvement.

Morrow-Gorton brings to the committee her knowledge of Medicaid from her work with the Massachusetts program, MassHealth, through the Office of Clinical Affairs, and her expertise in pediatric developmental and behavioral health. She is one of 27 experts chosen nationwide from a variety of health care areas to sit on the pediatrics committee.

The pediatric standing committee recently reviewed measures on family experience with coordination of care, the use of antipsychotic medications in adolescents and adolescent use of alcohol and drugs.