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

bolytic agent that can be used to improve stroke outcomes, receipt of medications that can help prevent blood clots, and measures that assess rehabilitation services provided by speech and language therapists.

David Knowlton, president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and Anne Alexandrov, PhD, APRN, CCRN, FAAN, professor and program director of NETSMART, the Neurovascular Education & Training in Stroke Management & Acute Reperfusion Therapies, co-chaired NQF's steering committee on the prevention and management of stroke across the continuum of care.

"By endorsing these measures, NQF has taken a solid step forward toward ensuring evidence-based practice that supports the needs of stroke patients across the continuum of care," said Alexandrov. "As the third most common cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability, stroke is a disease that commands our attention."

Measures were developed by the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Stroke Association, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Joint Commission.

Immunization

This set of three NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standards aims to measure influenza and pneumococcal vaccination coverage among nursing home residents and influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel and brings measurement of vaccination practices in line with national guidelines. The endorsement of these measures broke new ground for NQF because the explicit focus was on measure harmonization based on standard measure specifications for flu and pneumococcal immunizations consistent with national guidelines.

Roger Baxter, MD, co-director of the Vaccine Study Center at Kaiser Permanente in California, and Jane R. Zucker, MD, assistant commissioner at the New York City Health Department, co-chaired NQF's influenza and pneumococcal immunizations steering committee.

"The harmonization of measures achieved by the NQF committee wil
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