The National Quality Forum board approved a set of 36 voluntary consensus standards for ambulatory care, out of a proposal submitted in spring by a selection committee. The committee considered about 100 standards before narrowing them to 49, said Bruce Bagley, panel member and medical director of quality improvement at the American Academy of Family Physicians. The board voted on 44 standards, which were the same as the 49 but renumbered. The goal is to develop uniform performance measures that can yield comparative data on outpatient care, Bagley said. The NQF lacks a mechanism to foster use of the measuresments, which led the academy to convene the Ambulatory care Quality Alliance last fall, Bagley said. The alliance, which includes several other public and private organizations, is promoting a "starter set" of 26 of the NQF measures. Read more on the NQF Ambulatory Care Project.-- by Andis Robeznieks
NQF board approves ambulatory-care measures
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