Dear Breast Health Care Facility,
The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) invites breast centers across the United States and beyond to participate in its National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ program (NQMBC™). Launched in April of 2007, the NQMBC™ program offers facilities providing breast health care the ability to track and measure quality performance measures in more than 30 individual quality indicators. The most compelling component of this program is the ability of participants to enter their own data and immediately compare their performance on these measures with other participating breast centers. Current participants use these comparison reports to identify where quality care already exists and where quality care improvement opportunity exists. Your NCBC facility membership allows you to participate in the NQMBC program at no additional cost.
One of our current participants contacted the NCBC office after entering her center’s data for the first time. She excitedly relayed, “I entered data for the quality measures today. I was able to immediately get all the comparison data with all of the graphs showing perfectly. I am so happy with the quality of the presentation and will present the report to our cancer committee next week. Your efforts in developing this program have been worth it, as the finished product is great!”
Participation in this program may begin at any time. Participants are not required to respond to all measures, but may choose which measures they would like to complete in order to compare their quality performance on specific measures with others. Data on each measure may be provided at any time you choose and may begin with 2010 data points.
As a vital part of the NQMBC™ program, the NCBC will officially recognize each participant as a Certified Participant in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™. This certification will be executed within 30 days after data is submitted for 40% of the measures for their breast center type. This designation will grant eligibility to next become a Certified Quality Breast Center™ and ultimately a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™. Information on these certifications and the entire NQMBC™ program can be found on the NQMBC™ website www.nqmbc.org.
We look forward to adding your center as a Certified Participant in the NQMBC™ program. Our goal is to join together those dedicated to providing quality care for their patients.
John Bell, MD
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Teresa Heckel, MBA
Director, National Oncology Service Line
Catholic Health initiatives