APTA members Marcie Harris Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI, OCS, and Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA, have been named to National Quality Forum (NQF) steering committees overseeing reviews of musculoskeletal measures and cardiovascular conditions for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Hayes and Hillegass will join multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder teams charged with evaluating new measures and reviewing established measures undergoing maintenance review. The committees will make recommendations for which measures should be endorsed as consensus standards, and will work to identify and endorse new performance measures. Hayes has been selected for the musculoskeletal group; Hillegass will serve on the group focused on cardiovascular conditions and measures.
Hayes is associate professor of physical therapy and orthopedic surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Hillegass is an adjunct professor at Mercer University in Atlanta, Touro University in Las Vegas, and Western Carolina University, and is also the president and CEO of Cardiopulmonary Specialists, a private consulting firm.
NQF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public service organization focused on the review and endorsement of standardized health care performance measures. The organization is under contract with HHS to conduct endorsement projects.
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