“Lower quality care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period can lead to unnecessary complications in women and newborns and wasted resources from overused procedures, prolonged hospital stays, and costly neonatal intensive-care-unit admissions,” Carol Sakala, director of programs at New York-based Childbirth Connection and co-chair of NQF's Perinatal and Reproductive Health Endorsement Maintenance Steering Committee, said in a news release. “Use of this measure set for quality improvement and public reporting will help strengthen maternal and newborn health and the value of our considerable investment in maternity care.”
NQF also endorsed 12 quality measures for renal care, focusing on areas such as mortality, hemoglobin levels and vascular access.
And the organization green-lighted four measures related to healthcare spending and efficiency, addressing resource use for asthma care, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease care, hip/knee replacement and pneumonia care.
“Healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise without any significant gains in patient satisfaction, increased access to care, or higher-quality care,” Janet Corrigan, NQF's president, said in a release. “I'm confident that these additional measures—in conjunction with existing resource use measures in our portfolio—will help us better understand what is driving costs and create a more effective, efficient healthcare system.”