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National Quality Forum Endorses Measures to Improve Medication Safety and Quality
Date:8/17/2009

ong patients with schizophrenia, and medication possession for statin therapy for patients with coronary artery disease. Other measures focus on medication reconciliation and review by measuring the percentage of adults over 65 who had a medication review, or the percentage of discharged patients over 65 whose medications were reconciled.

A previously endorsed framework guided the endorsement of medication management measures in the areas of adherence and education; decision-making; prescribing; safe medication use; and system coordination and communication.

NQF's steering committee on medication management was co-chaired by Harold Pincus, director of quality and outcomes research at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Health System, and Paul Conlon, Senior Vice President of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety at Trinity Health.

"These measures for medication management add some standardization and clarity to the field of medication management," said Pincus. "NQF's attention to this topic helps identify gaps in measurement and pushes the field toward more and better measures for quality improvement in medication management."

NQF is a voluntary consensus standards-setting organization. Any party may request reconsideration of the recommendations, in whole or in part, by notifying NQF in writing via e-mail no later than September 15 (appeals@qualityforum.org). For an appeal to be considered, the notification e-mail must include information clearly demonstrating that the appellant has interests that are directly and materially affected by the NQF-endorsed recommendations and that the NQF decision has had (or will have) an adverse effect on those interests.

This work was conducted under a contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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