NQF CEO to leave Kaiser, Premier boards

In the wake of conflict of interest concerns, National Quality Forum (NQF) President and CEO Christine Cassel, M.D., will resign from the boards of Premier Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, according to an announcement from NQF. Cassel came under fire recently when medical ethics experts said payments for her work with Premier and the Kaiser created a conflict of interest. Last year she received $235,000 for her service on Premier's board and $189,000 for her work for the Kaiser Foundation. "I will miss my service on the boards but I do not wish this issue to interfere with the important work facing NQF," Cassel said, according to the NQF statement. "The importance of performance measurement, quality improvement and multi-stakeholder engagement is critical to advancing the quality and safety of U.S. healthcare, and I look forward to continuing to serve NQF as we move forward." Announcement

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