|NQF Endorses National Consensus Standards
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
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
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
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.