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

earch scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Carol Wilhoit, MD, quality improvement medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, co-chaired NQF's steering committee for clinician-level measures for non-physician professionals.

"NQF endorsement of these measures is important, because patients' healthcare needs are frequently complex and require treatment from an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals," said Deutsch. "NQF endorsement of these non-physician measures is an important step forward in performance measurement and public reporting."

These measures include diabetic foot and ankle care, depression screening and follow-up, current medication verification, pain assessment and follow-up, weight screening and follow-up, and functional status. The measures are evidence-based and have been used to measure quality for many years, but many have not been used as clinician-level performance measures.

"For health plans, NQF-endorsed indicators provide a framework that can be used for measuring performance and then collaborating with providers to improve care," said Wilhoit. "The new NQF-endorsed measures for non-physician professionals will help expand these activities to a broader group of medical professionals."

Measures were developed by the American Podiatric Medical Association, Boston University, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes, and Quality Insights of Pennsylvania.

Stroke

More than 700,000 people will have a stroke this year; of these, 200,000 will be recurrent strokes. Seventeen new NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards aim to make care more patient-centered, prevent re-occurring strokes, and improve quality across an episode for stroke, including acute care, post-acute follow-up, rehabilitation, and post-rehabilitation. A measure of acute stroke mortality was also endorsed.

These measures include administration of t-PA, a throm
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