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Patient Safety Orgs Cut Ties With Denham

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 31, 2014

The NQF receives millions a year for this purpose under contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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The NQF has received at least $6.5 million and up to $19.9 million between 2010 and 2013 through contracts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop quality measures that may be used by health plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers to reward and compare quality of care. Denham was a co-chair of NQF's Safe Practices Committee until March of 2010.

The NQF's, Safe Practice committee, which Denham is accused of trying to influence, has asked Denham to remove references from the TMIT website saying that the NQF endorsed the use of its product, ChloraPrep.

The NQF is launching "a more thorough review" of all of its 34 safe practices," and by Feb. 25, we're going to be very specific about what we found, what we're doing. We're doing all we can to understand what happened," says NQF spokeswoman Ann Greiner.

The NQF has already made the questions on its conflict of interest disclosure questionnaire "much more specific, and less open-ended," Greiner says.

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