The National Quality Forum has endorsed eight outcomes measures covering pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions, as well as treatment delivered in the intensive care unit.

The forum sets national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorses quality reporting standards, and conducts educational programs. The forum through Oct. 20 will accept requests for reconsideration of endorsed measures, sent to appeals@qualifyforum.org. The endorsed measures are:

* Hospital risk-standardized complication rate following implantation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) (Yale University/CMS).

* Hospital 30-day risk-standardized readmission rates following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) (Yale University/CMS).

* 30-day post-hospital AMI discharge care transition composite measure (Brandeis University/CMS).

* 30-day post-hospital heart failure (HF) discharge care transition composite measure (Brandeis University/CMS).

* Intensive care unit length-of-stay (Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco). This measure is paired with OT1-024-09 Intensive care: In-hospital mortality rate.

* Intensive care: In-hospital mortality rate (Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco). This measure is paired with OT1-023-09 Intensive care unit length-of-stay.

* Health-related quality of life in COPD patients before and after pulmonary rehabilitation (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation). This is a time-limited endorsement.

* Functional capacity in COPD patients before and after pulmonary rehabilitation (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation). This is a time-limited endorsement.

The National Quality Forum in coming months will consider multiple other measures covering additional cardiovascular conditions, bone-joint conditions, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, several types of cancers, child health and mental health. More information is available at qualityforum.org.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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