The National Quality Forum has initiated a new standards program seeking process and outcome measures that determine whether the appropriate use of medication can reduce hospitalizations, emergency department visits and other potentially preventable healthcare services.
The NQF, which already endorses standards for therapeutic drug management, is looking for measures that address prescribing, drug appropriateness and monitoring. Specifically, the measures would examine physician prescribing patterns, laboratory monitoring and patient self-management. The standards project will include measures that are suitable for public reporting and for use at the clinician, practice, facility, health-plan and health-system levels.
In addition to the call for standards, the NQF is seeking participants for a steering committee to oversee the development of the medication-management standards recommendations. Submissions for both the measures and participants are due Sept. 23. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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