In continuation of its efforts to help bring some level of uniformity to healthcare quality measurement, the National Quality Forum endorsed 35 more ambulatory-care measures. Six of these are aimed toward refining healthcare quality public reporting and 29 are designed for internal quality-improvement efforts.
The measures were approved Oct. 7 and announced yesterday. The six new measures will be added to a set of 36 approved in August and nine approved in May for a total of 51 measures designed for voluntary use in healthcare quality public reporting efforts. All of the measures had previously been vetted by the CMS' Doctor's Office Quality Project, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Medical Association-led Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, and underwent an expedited consensus process by the NQF.
The six new public-reporting measures include standards to be used in the treatment of asthma, coronary artery disease, childhood immunization and cancer screening. The 29 internal quality-improvement measures all deal with diabetes care.