The National Quality Forum has released 21 newly endorsed surgical-care measures, addressing procedures such as esophageal resection and coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
NQF releases newly endorsed surgical-care measures
The measures are part of the NQF's Surgery Endorsement Maintenance project, which launched in 2010 with the goal of identifying measures that specifically address surgical patients and procedures. These latest 21 measures are the final product of phase one of the project, which focused on cardiac surgery and the care and treatments associated with it.
Phase two will cover general surgery, as well as subspecialties such as neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, according to the NQF.
The measures are also part of the NQF's National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Pediatric Surgery project.
“With this set of measures, the NQF portfolio of surgical-care measures now covers important areas of care quality for pediatric and adult populations, including pediatric cardiac mortality and volume, as well as subspecialty treatments and procedures,” said Janet Corrigan, president and CEO of NQF, in a news release.
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