2017-2018 Key Strategic Programs and Initiatives

Each year, NCQA identifies key strategic priorities and undertakes programs designed to improve patient safety and health with the goal of saving lives and improving patients’ quality of life. To implement these programs, NCQA seeks support from corporations and foundations who share its goals. NCQA identified nine key programs and initiatives to focus on this year. Please contact Donor.Relations@ncqa.org if you have any interest in supporting or learning more about the below opportunities.

Sponsors and supporters receive recognition in various formats and forums, including signage at events; logo placement on NCQA Web properties and print collateral; and listings in annual reports and event programs.

Accreditation & Recognition Sponsorship


  • Links your organization with vital reforms and NCQA’s fastest-growing programs of the past seven years, such as Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Recognition.
  • Revamped in 2016–2017 to reflect and reinforce MACRA legislation, the transformative potential of health information technology on quality reporting, and the payment system’s evolution from volume to value.

Corporate Membership: Industry Council on Health Care Quality


  • Offers unparalleled insight into special projects, access to NCQA leaders and input on key initiatives at three full-day meetings per year in Washington, DC. Industry Council meetings are the most frequent, broad and deep briefings for NCQA collaborators about the value agenda and NCQA strategy.
  • Includes over $7,000 worth of complimentary access to NCQA publications, educational conferences and data subscriptions.

Digital Presence Rethink/Refresh


  • Reimagines and revises NCQA’s online presence to improve customer experience, consumer education and advocacy impact of NCQA Web sites.
  • Modernizes navigation, content and usability of flagship Web site (ncqa.org) to support long-term goals of NCQA and the value agenda.

Employer Value Guides for Chronic Conditions


  • Translates performance indicators from HEDIS, NCQA Health Plan Accreditation and Physician Recognition programs into practical, disease specific tools for employers.
  • Helps organizations apply evidence-based insights and expectations into health plan or provider contracts—limiting the productivity loss and cost of chronic illness.

MACRA Resources


  • Establishes NCQA as clinicians’ go-to guide for understanding and thriving in the volume-to-value reimbursement environment of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  • Includes creating, promoting and distributing instructional videos, case studies and podcasts as part of a MACRA Virtual Toolkit for clinicians.

NCQA Academy: Online Tools and Onsite Training


  • NCQA Academy—our educational and professional development enterprise—delivers on-demand, virtual training to help medical practices improve and align with NCQA PCMH and PCSP standards.
  • NCQA Academy also provides tailored, onsite training to clinical and nonclinical organizations on diverse quality topics.

Quality Talks: Inspiring the Future of American Health Care


  • A different kind of health care conference, featuring talented communicators who present vivid “TED”-style talks on vital and provocative topics.
  • Extras that complete the experience and increase the value of attending Quality Talks live in Washington, DC: Informal offstage gatherings—“hubs”—where presenters and audience members continue conversations sparked by the talks; a private networking reception for leaders and special guests; and a VIP dinner.

Research Projects


  • Research projects create and test ideas that are important to health care quality, policy and advocacy. Findings help us understand what drives performance improvement, identify best practices to share, and develop NCQA programs.
  • Priority topics include patient-reported outcomes and experiences, behavioral health, oncology, long-term services and supports, and health disparities.

Phyllis Torda Health Care Quality Fellowship


  • Develops the next generation of health care quality leaders and honors the legacy of Phyllis Torda, a thought leader, researcher and mentor to many at NCQA for 19 years.
  • Fellows hold advanced degrees in health-related fields and work full-time with NCQA mentors on critical policy and research issues for one year at NCQA’s offices in Washington, DC.


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