The National Quality Forum began accepting public comments a second set of measures recommended for its hospital-care standards.
If approved, the 31 measures under consideration will be added to the NQFs existing set of voluntary consensus standards for hospital-care quality. The measures 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 procedures, and readmission rates and length of stay, according to an NQF report.
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