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National Quality Forum Endorses National Consensus Standards Promoting Accountability and Public Reporting
Date:8/5/2008

Standards emphasize measurement gaps and harmonization

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To fill gaps in assessing clinician performance that can promote higher quality health care, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 67 clinician-level consensus standards relating to cancer care, infectious diseases, perioperative care, and care provided by thousands of medical professionals who are not MDs, but provide critical services. NQF also endorsed four facility-level measures in surgery and anesthesia, 17 measures addressing prevention and management of stroke across the continuum of care, and three measures for influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, a total of 91 consensus standards.

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

"A commitment to public reporting and transparency can make the real difference in improving safety, healthcare quality, and patient engagement," said NQF president and CEO Dr. Janet Corrigan. "This important set of measures can help us track progress toward improved safety and coordination of care across clinicians and settings."

NQF has not previously addressed the area of infectious disease, particularly hepatitis and HIV/AIDs. The NQF portfolio already includes facility-level cancer and perioperative care measures, which are expanded and enriched by this new clinician-level measure set.

The purpose of NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards is to improve the quality of health care--through accountability and public reporting--by standardizing quality measurement in all care settings.

Cancer Care

Cancer exacts a tremendous toll. In 2008, approximately 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. Half a million will die. The financial burden associated with cancer care was estimated at $219.2 billion for 2007.

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