The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) honored the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) today in Washington DC for leadership in improving the quality of care for people with cystic fibrosis (CF). Each year, the NCQA presents Health Quality Awards to individuals and organizations that show an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of health care.

Programs fueled by the CFF continually help improve the outlook for CF patients. The predicted median age of survival for those with CF continues to increase and is currently at more than 37 years.

“We are honored to receive the Health Quality Award from NCQA for driving improvements in care for people with cystic fibrosis,” says Bruce Marshall, MD, vice president of clinical affairs for the CFF in a press release. “Increasingly, we’re learning that quality improvement efforts when applied to a chronic disease can have a dramatic impact on patients’ lives.”
The CFF supports and accredits more than 115 care centers across the United States that provide treatments and resources to patients and families. The foundation launched its quality improvement program to accelerate improvement in care in 2002, and, since then, key indicators of health for people with CF increased across the Foundation’s care center network.