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National Quality Forum Endorses Consensus Standards for Quality of Hospital Care
Date:5/15/2008

Patient safety in hospitals focus of 48 NQF-endorsed measures

WASHINGTON, May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing that patient safety remains a major hurdle in the United States, the National Quality Forum (NQF) today endorsed 48 voluntary consensus standards focused on measuring the performance of acute care hospitals, including measures addressing pediatric safety, hospital readmission, and prevention and care of venous thromboembolism.

"It has been difficult to make real progress in patient safety in this country, despite the efforts of many highly skilled, committed professionals and innovations in technology and treatment," said Janet Corrigan, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum. "In part, that is because we are all using different yardsticks to measure safety, which makes it difficult to identify and focus efforts on areas most in need of improvement and to measure and quantify progress. NQF-endorsed standards represent consensus of the experts and leaders from all corners of the healthcare industry, and can make a significant difference in helping hospitals measure what matters most to truly improve hospital care."

NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards are widely viewed as the "gold standard" for measurement of healthcare quality.

"NQF provides a great service to patients, purchasers, and the hospital community by providing the reference set of standard measures that improve safety, quality, and efficiency.

This set of NQF-endorsed measures will help hospitals identify where there are safety issues in need of system solutions," said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital Corporation of America. "NQF-endorsed measures are instrumental in guiding hospitals through the complicated maze of measurement and reporting to ensure that quality is constantly addressed and improved in a way that is efficient and effective."

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