National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™
A Quality Initiative of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.

Administered by:
National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.
PO Box 1334 | Warsaw, IN 46581-1334
Phone: (574) 267-8058 | Fax: (574) 267-8268

BECOME A CERTIFIED PARTICIPANT

This certification recognizes a breast center's entry level participation in the NQMBC™ program. After meeting the participation guidelines, and holding the designation of NQMBC™ Program Participant, the breast health facility is eligible to make application to become a Certified Participant.


Designation Guidelines
  • The breast center must hold an NQMBC™ Program Participant designation
  • The breast center must have supplied data for 40% of the measures for which their quality breast center type should be able to measure performance
  • This quality data being considered for evaluation must span two consecutive data collection periods. (A data period is a six-month range during which time data is collected according to the parameters of the indicator.)
  • These two consecutive data collection periods being audited for certification must be within the last three years.
  • After the initial certification at this level, the two consecutive data periods being audited for certification must be after the two consecutive data collection periods and within the last two year's data. A data period may be audited only once for certification.
  • The facility is required to make application to become certified at this level.
  • The facility must agree to maintain data used to answer NQMBC™ questions for a minimum of three years. This data may be requested in random audits to confirm valid responses.
  • The facility must agree to a random audit of the submitted data for review by the NQMBC™. The NCBC will, at their discretion, choose ONE question in a specific time period to be audited. If requested, the facility must agree to submit de-identified data used to confirm correct procedures were used to answer this question. Audits will not occur frequently and will be used to confirm valid answers to quality measures.
Designation Process
  1. The NCBC office acknowledges receipt of the application
  2. The NCBC notifies the center of the Review Panel's findings regarding certification
  3. The NCBC, upon breast center certification, will send recognition materials to the contact person
Designation Recognition
  • The NCBC will send a letter of acknowledgement and congratulations
  • The NCBC will send one Certified Participant Certificate valid for one year (initial certification is for a one-year period)
  • The Certified Participant will be listed on the NQMBC's website as a Certified NQMBC™ Participant
  • The Certified Participant will be listed in the NCBC newsletter as Certified NQMBC™ Participant
  • The NCBC will announce the Certified Participant's designation in a press release to local area media sources
  • The Certified Participant may order a beautiful 9" four prism recognition award to display in the breast center lobby
Guidelines Applicable to ALL Certification Levels
  • The facility is required to make application to become certified at this level.
  • The facility must agree to maintain data used to answer NQMBC™ questions for a minimum of three years. This data may be requested in random audits to confirm valid responses.
  • The facility must agree to a random audit of the submitted data for review by the NQMBC™. The NQMBC™ will, at their discretion, choose ONE question in a specific time period to be audited. If requested, the facility must agree to submit de-identified data used to confirm correct procedures were used to answer this question. Audits will not occur frequently and will be used to confirm valid answers to quality measures.