The National Quality Forum began accepting comments through the end of December on a second set of measures recommended for its hospital-care standards.
If approved, the 31 measures under considerations will be added to the NQFs existing set of voluntary consensus standards for hospital-care quality. The measures up for review focus on the areas of patient safety in both adult and pediatric populations as well as morbidity and mortality, anesthesia and surgery (including surgical volume and mortality), utilization rates for high-risk (or often unnecessary) procedures, and readmission rates and length of stay (LOS), according to a NQF report announced today.
Public comments are due by 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 24 to the NQFs Washington office. Members have until 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 to submit remarks. -- by Jean DerGurahian