Quality and Standards Committee
The Quality and Standards Committee is responsible for promoting quality end-of-life care through NHPCO's national quality program, Quality Partners® and other NHPCO programmatic initiatives.
The Committee is also responsible for updating the NHPCO Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs, including systematic ongoing review and revision of the Standards document to ensure compliance with regulations and best practices.
In addition, the committee assists with development of NHPCO quality resources, including performance measures and QAPI program support materials. Meetings are monthly.
Carol Spence, Vice President, Research & Quality
Jennifer Kennedy, Senior Director, Regulatory & Quality
Expectations of Committee Service
Quality and Standards Committee Members should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours per month on committee work.
There are expectations for involvement through Task Group and special project work.
Committee members serve two-year terms.
Meetings and Conference Calls
Committee members are expected to participate actively in a majority of committee meetings and functions. Materials should be read prior to the next committee meeting. Committee members are asked to notify the staff liaison if they will not be available for a conference call or meeting.
The full Quality and Standards Committee meets every other month by conference call for 90 minutes. The Task Groups meet on alternate months by conference call for 60 minutes. Committee members are expected to participate in at least one Task Group.
The committee usually has one in-person meeting in January to plan activities for the coming year. Committee members, and especially new members, are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.
NHPCO does not pay for travel-related expenses for committee members. It is the committee member’s responsibility to assume any related travel expenses.
General Committee Member Expectations
- Meet deadlines agreed upon by the committee. Committee work often includes drafting materials for quality related support materials and resources that are made available to NHPCO members and posted on the NHPCO website.
- Present/participate in educational sessions and forums.
- Work with the NHPCO staff and committee chair to complete the committee's work plan. Each year committees agree to work on projects according to the priorities for the organization.
- Notify the Staff Liaison of changes in contact information.