The National Quality Forum announced it has endorsed eight new measures that it says will shed light on how well hospitals treat high-impact conditions such as heart attack and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
NQF backs measures on high-impact conditions
The measures include length of stay in an intensive-care unit, the ICU mortality rate and functional capacity for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease following pulmonary rehabilitation. There are also two composite measures that assess care transitions for patients with heart attack and heart failure, 30 days post-discharge.
“These measures help answer important questions about healthcare that get to the heart of the reason patients seek care,” NQF President and CEO Janet Corrigan said in a news release. “Was the patient healthier after receiving care? Did the care have the intended result? Answering these types of patient-centered outcome questions is a key piece in the whole picture of healthcare quality, and helps clinicians and consumers make informed decisions about care.”
This first round of measures will be followed by similar sets tailored specifically for other high-impact conditions such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes and several different types of cancer, according to the release. Those measures are currently under review.
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