Thursday October 23rd 2014

NDNQI changes hands

ANA committed to quality work, will advise firm

As a way for the American Nurses Association (ANA) to leverage and expand on its quality work and allow NDNQI® to continue to grow even stronger, the association has sold its nursing-sensitive measures database and RN Survey tool to Press Ganey, a long-standing leader in performance measurement. ANA will continue to lead the development of measures that capture nursing’s contributions to patient care and quality and will serve as an adviser to Press Ganey.

“ANA has found a partner in Press Ganey that shares its mission of improving patient care through the power of nursing-sensitive data measurement, collection and comparison,” said ANA Chief Executive Officer Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This strategic alignment will enhance the power of nursing data, generate even better normative comparisons and allow for expanded linkages to outcomes.”

NDNQI was founded by ANA, and since 2001 has been managed by The University of Kansas School of Nursing. NDNQI promotes nursing excellence through the most robust source of comparative norms in the industry and supports nurse retention through its leading RN Survey tool. Used by 2,000 hospitals nationwide, it is the largest provider of unit-level performance data to hospitals. Coupled with Press Ganey’s deep benchmarking data, expansive engagement tools and advanced analytics, the addition of NDNQI will offer more targeted insights into nursing performance to improve the overall patient experience and outcomes.

The NDNQI program is unique in its ability to provide unit-level reporting aligned to nursing-sensitive measures and in compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® requirements to help achieve the highest levels of performance. NDNQI tracks up to 19 nursing-sensitive quality measures, providing actionable insights based on structure, process and outcome data. Health care organizations can use the information to establish organizational goals for improvement down to the unit level.

“Press Ganey is privileged to carry on the quality improvement efforts designed by ANA and looks forward to expanding the capabilities of this exceptional program,” said Pat Ryan, CEO, Press Ganey. “As we partner with providers to transform the health care system, we remain committed to the role of nursing in reducing patient suffering and achieving higher-quality, more coordinated care.”

Press Ganey CNO Christy Dempsey, an ANA member, added, “At a time when the health care industry is moving from volume-based care to value-based care, the ability to understand nursing quality indicators and retain valued nursing staff has never been more critical. We are pleased to announce the acquisition of NDNQI, as it is the gold standard for nursing quality data and a proven solution that addresses the vital role of nursing in coordinated models of care.”

Moving forward, ANA and Press Ganey have committed to a variety of collaboration forums and opportunities for ANA to influence the direction of the NDNQI program, including ANA’s participation in the Press Ganey Chief Nursing Officer Advisory Council. Press Ganey and ANA will consult and collaborate with each other on market needs, measure development, research findings and other areas of mutual interest, including NDNQI alignment with the Magnet program.

ANA will continue to host its annual quality conference, where nurses share practice innovations in quality and highlight those that measurably improve patients’ outcomes. Plans are well underway for the “2015 ANA Quality Conference — On the Frontline of Quality: The Future of Health Care,” which will be held Feb. 4-6, 2015, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.

The sale further allows ANA to expand its quality work and invest in the growth of products and services to support nurses and advance the profession, and all parties are committed to ensuring seamless service to NDNQI’s customers.

For more information, visit www.ndnqi.org.

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