The National Quality Forum is seeking quality measures that are based on clinically enriched administrative data for ambulatory care for endorsement under its National Voluntary Consensus Standards program.
The quality organization said it is looking for measures that use electronic administrative data that have been enhanced by clinical information from laboratory, pharmacy or other electronic clinical data sources. Currently, performance measurement programs rely mostly on reviews of electronic administrative data, but ultimately they likely will be based on clinical dataconsidered to be richer and more informativeavailable through electronic health records, according to the NQF. Performance measures that can be derived from ambulatory administrative data alone are very limited, the organization said in announcing this call for measures. The NQF has endorsed more than 150 clinician-level ambulatory-care performance measures that rely mostly on medical record reviews or physician-directed coding.
In addition, the NQF is looking for members of a steering committee that will direct the ambulatory quality measurements development. Submissions of both measures for consideration and nominations for the committee are due by Friday, Oct. 31.