“Improving population health is a significant priority of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Quality Strategy,” said Janet Corrigan, NQF's president and CEO, in a news release. “This initial set of measures will help achieve this goal, as they address clinical preventive services and public health concerns that are at the heart of population health improvement efforts.”
The nine surgical-care measures address topics such as in-hospital mortality, antibiotic use and patient experience.
NQF also released a report containing a measurement framework for individuals with multiple chronic conditions, a group that now accounts for more than 25% of the nation's total population, according to a release.
“The framework addresses the complex circumstances of these individuals, and is intended to serve as a guide for future measure development and NQF-endorsement decisions pertaining to measures that address this vulnerable population,” the NQF said. “In addition, the framework will help guide measure selection for public reporting and payment; suggest a roadmap for new care delivery models; and inform research.”