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New NQF Endorsed Standards Focus on Quality and Patient Experience in Home Health Care
Date:4/8/2009

n to endorsing new measures, NQF reviewed 15 previously endorsed home health measures, many of which were used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Home Health Compare, an online tool for consumers to compare the quality of care provided by home health agencies across the country.

Jon Fuller, MD, deputy assistant chief of staff in geriatrics and extended care at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, and Carol Spence, PhD, RN, director of research at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, co-chaired NQF's steering committee on home health care.

"As our population ages and we experience greater survival of acute events, support and management of chronic conditions is paramount," said Fuller. "A key element for this care is the provision of home care. It is admirable that NQF has identified home care as equal in standing for assuring the quality of care delivered to all patients, regardless of venue. If we are successful in survival of acute events but neglect the events that follow, we have failed."

The endorsement of this set of standards that measure the quality, safety and patient experience of care in the home closely align with the National Priorities set out by the National Priorities Partnership, a group of 28 organizations, convened by NQF, that have come together to transform the healthcare system.

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 April 30 (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 affe
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