As part of an ongoing effort to improve patient outcomes and efficiency, the National Quality Forum announced it has endorsed three measures used to predict survival outcomes after abdominal aortic aneurysm, pancreatic resection surgery and esophagectomy surgery.
NQF endorses three survival-prediction measures
The three measures were part of a group of six initially reviewed in August 2009, as part of the second phase of NQF's Hospital Care: Outcomes and Efficiency Project, according to a news release. But the organization's board members deferred action on the measures because they thought they required further study, said Alicia Aebersold, NQF's vice president of communications.
That uncertainty led the NQF to convene two task forces to re-evaluate measure evaluation criteria, Aebersold said.
The three measures that did not receive endorsement addressed survival outcomes for coronary artery bypass graft, aortic valve replacement and percutaneous coronary intervention.
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