The National Quality Forum is preparing to review and possibly add to its list of adverse events while continuing to define which conditions acquired in different healthcare settings should be considered avoidable.
NQF preparing to review list of adverse events
While seeking conditions for other healthcare settings, the NQF said in the announcement about the project that it plans to update its list of 28 adverse events for publication in 2011. The list might grow based on results of the review and recommendations received, according to the NQF.
Under a contract with HHS to research and refine healthcare initiatives, the NQF will define and clarify the term “healthcare-acquired conditions” for various healthcare settings, including ambulatory care, hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities and home health and hospice environments. The quality forum issued a call for nominations to determine a list of conditions for those care settings and to connect that with the NQF's current list of adverse events for hospitals, first developed in 2002.
The NQF list is used as the basis of policies by Medicare, hospital associations and payers that have said they or their members will no longer pay for or bill for care related to conditions that should have been prevented by providers.
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