July 01, 2015

JSN Alumnus and Faculty Member Invited to Serve as Member of National Quality Forum’s Project

Jefferson College of Nursing alumnus and faculty member Janice Miller, DNP, CRNP, CDE, was invited to serve as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Endocrine Steering Committee for the Endocrine Measure Endorsement/Maintenance project. The goal of this project will be to evaluate new measures and measures currently under maintenance review against the NQF’s standard evaluation criteria and make recommendations.

“Our existing health system is not structured to provide chronic illness care,” says Miller. “We need to undergo fundamental changes in how we care for patients with chronic illness like diabetes care. I’m honored and excited to be included in the process of moving diabetes out of our current model and [in] to one that measures and pays for the comprehensive care that patients need.”

Miller has been a nurse practitioner for 17 years and a certified diabetes educator for 10 years. In addition to coursework in Quality and Safety, she has researched the outcomes of patients with diabetes who receive care in different practice models. This led to her championing the Patient Centered Medical Home with Barry Ziring, MD, in Jefferson Internal Medicine Associates. Miller was nominated by fellow JCN faculty member and colleague Jennifer Bellot, PhD, RN, MHSA, who was familiar with Miller’s passion for diabetes care, health system change and health policy.

This NQF project is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. You can read more about the Endocrine project, which started in October 2013, here.