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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: Nov. 11, 2008
NQF Endorses National Consensus Standards
2.7 Million

To fill gaps in assessing clinician performance that can promote higher quality healthcare, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 67 clinician-level consensus standards relating to cancer care, infectious diseases, perioperative care and care provided by thousands of medical professionals who are not physicians, but provide critical services.

NQF also endorsed four facility-level measures in surgery and anesthesia, 17 measures addressing prevention and management of stroke across the continuum of care, and three measures for influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, a total of 91 consensus standards.

NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards are widely viewed as the "gold standard" for the measurement of healthcare quality.

"A commitment to public reporting and transparency can make the real difference in improving safety, healthcare quality and patient engagement," said NQF president and CEO Dr. Janet Corrigan. "This important set of measures can help us track progress toward improved safety and coordination of care across clinicians and settings."

NQF has not previously addressed the area of infectious disease, particularly hepatitis and HIV/AIDs. The NQF portfolio already includes facility-level cancer and perioperative care measures, which are expanded and enriched by this new clinician-level measure set.

The purpose of NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards is to improve the quality of healthcare –through accountability and public reporting – by standardizing quality.

Address: National Quality Forum, 601 13th St. NW, Washington DC 20005; (202) 783-1300, www.qualityforum.org.


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