The National Quality Forum is asking for comments on 11 proposed outcomes measures as part of its standards for outcomes and efficiency program.
The standards-endorsing body released its draft report of 11 measures addressing mortality rates following various cardiac procedures as well as postoperative respiratory failure, esophagus and pancreatic surgeries. The NQF intended for the report to also include efficiency measures; however, all of the 20 measures submitted for consideration focused on outcomes. Comments on the draft report are due May 21 and must be submitted online. The NQF expects to announce a final endorsement by the end of July.
This is the second phase of the standards program, which last year focused on readmission rates. The NQF in October endorsed two measures in 30-day readmission rates following acute myocardial infarction and 30-day rates following a pneumonia hospitalization during the first phase.