The National Quality Forum announced that it has endorsed seven surveys for assessing patients' experience with care and five standards for perioperative care.
The perioperative-care standards involve the use, selection and discontinuation of antibiotics to prevent infection before and after surgery, and were developed by the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and the National Committee for Quality Assurance under a CMS contract. According to an NQF news release, these standards have not undergone significant field-testing and were given only a two-year endorsement. Once the measures have been field-tested and demonstrated reliable results, the NQF would remove the time limit from its endorsement.
The NQF previously had endorsed other patient-satisfaction surveys, including the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems hospital survey, known as HCAHPS, and the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care survey for cancer care. The newly endorsed surveys cover areas such as adult primary care, health plans, children with chronic conditions, behavioral health and managed care. -- by Andis Robeznieks