National Quality Forum updates list of Serious Reportable Events

The National Quality Forum Board has recently approved for endorsement a list of 29 serious reportable events in healthcare, according to a press release.

The release states that of the events submitted, 25 were updated from their earlier endorsement in 2006, and 4 new events were added to the list. The purpose of the 2011 update to ensure the continued currency and appropriateness of each event in the list, to ensure the events remain appropriate for public accountability, and to provide guidance to those reporting events, across hospitals and for three newly specified settings of care, which include office-based practices, ambulatory surgery centers, and skilled nursing facilities.

Click here to view the proposed list.  The National Quality Forum will be taking comments until July 12.

(Sources: The National Quality Forum, http://www.qualityforum.org, June 13, 2011; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, June 14, 2011)