The National Quality Forum has endorsed 11 new consensus standards on evidence-based practices for measuring the quality of substance-abuse treatment. A copy of the substance-abuse standards had not been posted to the forum's Web site by deadline.
In addition, the forum last week also announced it had endorsed 35 consensus standards for ambulatory and hospital care for a two-year period to allow for adequate field testing, according to a news release. Of the new ambulatory and hospital standards, 29 were developed by the American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and the National Committee for Quality Assurance under a contract from the CMS.
Once the ambulatory and hospital measures have been shown to produce valid and reliable results, the forum would remove the time limitation on its endorsement, the not-for-profit organization announced.