NQF endorses surgical care and primary care quality measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed an additional nine quality measures on surgical care performed in hospitals and in outpatient facilities, and 19 quality measures related to preventive care, according to two NQF press releases.

According to the press release, the surgical care set of measures, part of NQF’s Population Health: Prevention Endorsement Maintenance project,  addresses a wide range of surgeries and surgical support processes, including pancreatic resection, cardiac and vascular mortality rates, and antibiotic prophylaxis. The set also includes a new measure evaluating patient experience of care following surgical procedures.

The primary care measures, part of NQF’s Population Health: Prevention Endorsement Maintenance project – address a range of clinical preventive care concerns, including influenza and pneumococcal immunizations across a range of healthcare settings, and screenings for specific cancers, sexually transmitted infections, and osteoporosis.

(Sources: NQF Press Releases, http://www.qualityforum.org/News_And_Resources/Press_Releases/2012, May 2 and May 3, The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, May 8, 2012)