FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUG 10, 2012
NQF Endorses Additional Complication-Related Patient Safety Measures
Washington, DC – the
National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has endorsed two additional patient
safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address venous
thromboembolism prophylaxis and current medication documentation in medical
The measures were evaluated in an addendum to NQF’s patient
safety-complications project, which saw 14
measures endorsed in June 2012.
Measure developers requested reconsideration of the two
measures following the Patient Safety Steering Committee’s decision to not
recommend them for endorsement. Following a second round of member voting, the
Board of Directors agreed that the measures address important, high-impact
areas with significant implications for patient care and should be endorsed.
The measures have been endorsed for at least three years and
are now undergoing NQF endorsement maintenance. The ongoing evaluation and
updating of endorsed measures ensures they are current and relevant to NQF’s
patient safety portfolio.
NQF is a voluntary consensus standards-setting organization.
Any party may request reconsideration of any of the two endorsed quality
measures listed below by submitting an appeal no later than September 10 (to submit an appeal,
go to the NQF Measure
Database). For an appeal to be considered, the notification must include
information clearly demonstrating that the appellant has interests directly and
materially affected by the NQF-endorsed recommendations and that the NQF
decision has had (or will have) an adverse effect on those interests.
- 0371: Venous
Thromboembolism Prophylaxis (Joint Commission)
- 0419: Documentation of Current Medications in
the Medical Record (CMS)
NQF operates under a
three-part mission to improve the quality of American healthcare by:
consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement and
working in partnership to achieve them;
national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on
the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.