NQF endorses two measures on unplanned readmissions

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed two measures that address all-cause unplanned readmissions in hospital, according to a press release.

The press release states that almost one in five Medicare beneficiaries that leave a hospital end up being readmitted within 30 days.

The first measure counts the number of inpatient stays for patients aged 18 and older during a measurement year that were followed by an acute readmission for any diagnosis to any hospital within 30 days, and is intended to monitor quality and accountability.

The second measure estimates the risk-standardized rate of unplanned, all-cause readmissions to a hospital for any eligible condition within 30 days of hospital discharge for patients aged 18 and older. The measure will result in a single summary risk-adjusted readmission rate for conditions or procedures that fall under five specialties: surgery/gynecology, general medicine, cardiorespiratory, cardiovascular, and neurology.

NQF also recently endorsed measures for perinatal care, renal care and resource use.

(Sources: National Quality Forum, http://www.qualityforum.org/, April 24, 2012; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, April 30, 2012)