“Tens of thousands of lives are forever changed each year as a result of healthcare errors,” said Dr. Janet Corrigan, the NQF's president and CEO, in the release. “This newly expanded list of serious reportable events across multiple settings provides a critical opportunity to learn from mistakes and take swift action to improve patient safety.”
The four new serious reportable events include patient death or serious injury resulting from failure to communicate test results, and death or serious injury of a newborn baby associated with labor or delivery in a low-risk pregnancy.
All of the measures were evaluated to ensure they were appropriate for public accountability and to verify that they could be used for hospitals, office-based practices, ambulatory surgery centers and skilled-nursing facilities, the NQF said.
“The inclusion of three new settings for the serious reportable events represents a significant stride forward in ensuring quality across the continuum of care,” Sally Tyler, health policy analyst for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and co-chair of the NQF's Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare Steering Committee, said in the release.
The updated list of events will be available for a 30-day appeals process closing July 12.