The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking public comment on plans to update and expand its quality indicators (QIs) toolkit to help hospitals document their quality and safety conditions, according to an August 4 Federal Register notice.
Three sets of QIs are currently in use at a number of hospitals throughout the country: Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs), Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), and Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs). The IQIs contain measures of volume, mortality, and utilization for common medical conditions and major surgical procedures. The PSIs are a set of measures to screen for potentially preventable adverse events that patients may experience during hospitalization, while the PDIs measure the quality of pediatric health care, mainly focusing on preventable complications that occur as a consequence of hospitalization among pediatric patients.
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