FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAN 17, 2012
NQF Endorses Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Framework
Washington, DC – The
National Quality Forum (NQF) has approved for endorsement a framework for
measuring and evaluating regionalized emergency medical care systems. The
framework establishes a road map for systematically regionalizing emergency
care services at the national, state, and regional level.
The concept of regionalization – described by the Institute
of Medicine as an established network of resources that delivers specific care
to a defined population of patients or within a defined geography – has been
identified as a means of improving emergency medical care through more
efficient resource use. Emergency care services such as trauma, neonatal care,
and poison control have been coordinated across geographic areas for many
years. More recently, care for patients suffering time-sensitive emergency
conditions such as stroke and acute myocardial infarction has been regionalized
on a statewide basis. As these emergency care systems continue to expand in
breadth and scope, the systems must ensure they are using resources efficiently
to maximize patient outcomes and ultimately improve care quality.
The measurement framework – developed by NQF in
collaboration with the University of North Carolina-Department of Emergency
Medicine – includes several core components, including key terms and
definitions related to regionalized systems, a description of an Episodes of
Care model used for systems evaluation, a set of six key domains considered
critical for evaluating these care settings, and a set of principles intended
to guide the measurement framework’s development and implementation of measures with such systems.
“Performance measurement is critical to improving care
quality in emergency medical care systems,” said Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA,
president and CEO of NQF. “This measurement framework will help inform future
efforts to identify and evaluate performance standards for measuring and
reporting the quality of emergency services at the national, state, and
NQF is a voluntary consensus standards-setting organization.
Any party may request reconsideration of this framework by submitting an appeal
no later than Wednesday, February 15. To submit an appeal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.