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

with HIV/AIDS, these diseases, along with HVB, are major health challenges for the nation. Patients require complex and coordinated care, made more challenging because many have additional complicated conditions.

Cindy Weinbaum, MD, MPH, team leader at the Prevention Research and Evaluation Division of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and Fred Rachman, MD, chief executive officer and chief medical officer at the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, co-chaired NQF's steering committee on clinician-level infectious diseases.

"Given the known gaps and variations in care for patients infected with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C, it is imperative that the medical community begin to systematically measure itself at the individual clinician- and system-level to identify where improvement efforts are needed," said Rachman. "The NQF process is instrumental for endorsing a single set of consensus standards that will help alleviate the multiple, competing sets of measures for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis against which clinicians are currently measured. This supports our ultimate aim - a uniform standard of care that every consumer can expect."

Measures were developed by the American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Perioperative Care

Seventeen new NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards include clinician-level and facility-level performance measures for critical care and anesthesiology; perioperative management; and general thoracic surgery. Additionally, prophylactic antibiotic measures previously endorsed by NQF were updated to include foot and ankle procedures.

Darrell Campell, MD, professor of surgery and chief of staff at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, and Rome Walker, MD, medical director at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Virginia, co-chai
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