The National Quality Forum gave final approval to 48 new measures for acute-care hospitals through its National Voluntary Consensus Standards program, boosting the number of its endorsed measures to 373.
The measuresmostly in the areas of re-admission, length-of-stay and mortality outcomesinclude 43 measures that had been winding their way through the vetting process since March. Many of the newly endorsed measures are quality indicators developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which in part funded the measure development. The Alliance for Pediatric Quality, Americas Health Insurance Plans and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association provided additional funding.
Parties have until June 15 to file a written appeal, which must explain why the measures will have a direct, adverse impact on their interests, according to an NQF news release. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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