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Vermont Requires Reporting of NQF Serious Reportable Events
Date:11/28/2007

us feasible to include in a reporting system); and of a nature such that the risk of occurrence is significantly influenced by the policies and procedures of the healthcare organization.

In promulgating the Patient Safety Surveillance and Improvement System rule, Vermont included requirements related to submission of causal analyses and corrective action plans to the Patient Safety Program following an NQF serious reportable event as well as disclosures to patients of adverse events that result in patient death or serious bodily injury. These provisions are consonant with NQF-endorsed Safe Practices for Better Healthcare and, like the requirement for reporting adverse events, are aimed at healthcare improvement.

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The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve the quality of American health care by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. NQF, a non-profit organization (http://www.qualityforum.org) with diverse stakeholders across the public and private health sectors, was established in 1999 and is based in Washington, DC.


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