Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation

The QIO for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont


NHCQF Officers and Board

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The Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation (NHCQF) recently elected Officers for 2014 and Board members for three-year terms beginning at this time. NHCQF is the federally contracted Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont region.

Elected were:

Robert G. Dorf, DO of Nashua, New Hampshire was re-elected Chairman of the Board. Doctor Dorf is the Chief Medical Officer for the Foundation Medical Partners in Nashua with a specialty in Family Practice.

Richard P. Lafleur, MD, FACP of Derry, New Hampshire was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. Doctor Lafleur is the Managing Partner/Medical Director of Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine with a specialty in Internal Medicine.

Charles W. White, Jr., MBA, CPHQ of Colebrook, New Hampshire was elected Secretary of the Board. Mr. White is the Chief Administrative Officer of Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital and represents the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

Lynn Carpenter, MHA, NHA of Concord, New Hampshire was re-elected Treasurer of the Board. Ms. Carpenter is the Administrator of Harris Hill Center, Genesis Health Care, in Concord and represents the New Hampshire Health Care Association.

The following individuals were re-elected to the Board for the 2013 – 2016 term of office:

Lynn Carpenter, MHA, NHA.

Claira P. Monier, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. Ms. Monier is the New Hampshire Chapter of AARP representative.

* Please click here for a complete listing and more information on the Board of Directors

Required by the Social Security Act, the mission of QIOs is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. The core functions of QIOs are:

  • Improving quality of care for beneficiaries;
  • Protecting the integrity of the Medicare Trust Fund by ensuring that Medicare pays only for services and goods that are reasonable and necessary and that are provided in the most appropriate setting; and
  • Protecting beneficiaries by expeditiously addressing individual patient complaints.

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The Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation (NHCQF) is a non-profit, educational health care organization, headquartered in Dover, New Hampshire.

NHCQF serves as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont region for the QIO 10th Statement of Work which began on August 1, 2011 and ends on July 31, 2014. NHCQF has served as a QIO for New Hampshire and Vermont since 1984 and for Maine since 1996.

Incorporated in 1972 as a professional physician association, NHCQF had as its founding purpose "to advance, promote, develop and institute patterns of the highest quality of care." NHCQF continues to pursue that purpose today through collaborative efforts with a variety of organizations and practitioners in northern New England's health care community.


CMS's First Quality Champion

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In December 2009, the CMS named NHCQF the recipient of the "CMS QIO Quality Champion Award for 2009!"


NHCQF was the first QIO to receive this CMS Award. This Award was given "In Recognition of Your Exceptional Performance Results in Improving Health Care Quality for Medicare Beneficiaries".  In 2010, the Award was given to the California QIO. CMS has not honored any QIO with this Award since 2010.

NHCQF's Board of Directors and Staff feel strongly that this Award is a reflection of not only the work that NHCQF does, but of the organization's positive working relationships with the various stakeholders and providers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. And most importantly, it is a true reflection of the high quality of care being rendered by providers to Medicare beneficiaries in these three states NHCQF serves.



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