Comments on the Common Formats Readmissions Version 0.1 Beta and Version 1.2 (Hospitals) 


NQF is currently receiving comments on Readmissions Common Format-Version 0.1 Beta and Common Formats Version 1.2 (acute care hospitals).

The comment period (60 days) for the Readmissions-Version 0.1 Beta Common Format will close on September 20 at 6:00pm Eastern Time.

The comment period for Common Formats Version 1.2 will remain open until Version 2.0 is released. The NQF Expert Panel will consider the comments received through August 10, 2012 in its initial set of recommendations to AHRQ. Commenters are encouraged to submit comments by August 10 to ensure they can be fully considered by AHRQ in development of Version 2.0.

NQF, on behalf of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is coordinating a process to obtain comments from stakeholders about the Common Formats authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act). The Common Formats provide a standardized method for data collection and reporting of patient safety and quality information to federally-listed Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs).

The tool that you are about to access was developed by NQF to collect comments on the Common Formats event descriptions. This NQF commenting tool includes the content of each of the currently available Common Formats event descriptions and forms (listed on the first page of the tool). In addition to accessing the event descriptions for comment, relevant segments of the related Common Formats reporting forms are displayed for context and comment.

Instructions for first time users: please create an account using the “Create account” button in the box on the right. You will then receive an e-mail with instructions to activate your account. If you do not receive an email within 5 minutes, please check your spam folder. When you log in for the first time, we will orient you to the tool with a brief (90 second) tutorial. If you have already created an account for this tool, you may login using the box at right.

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Comments on Readmissions - Version 0.1 Beta and Version 1.2 (acute care hospitals) and may be submitted at any time until their comment periods close.   

  • The closing date for comments on the Readmissions - Version 0.1 Beta Common Format is September 20. NOTE: The Comment Period is open for 60 days. 
  • The closing date for comments on Common Formats Version 1.2 (acute care hospitals) will coincide with the release of Version 2.0. 
  • The NQF Expert Panel will consider comments received during the initial 120 days of the comment period in late summer/early Autumn 2012. Comments received after this period will be considered at regular intervals. 

Users of this site will be advised of postings of new versions of the Common Formats as they are released.

Please keep in mind this tool allows the user to comment on the Common Formats and is not intended to allow submission of actual patient safety events. As an example, for the item "Documentation of whether the fall was observed" -- the user may comment on the content and wording of the item, but the user should not enter comments using patient information.

Specifically, you may comment on the Common Formats in their entirety or you may comment on any item of the event descriptions and related reporting forms. You may comment on any part of the Common Formats event description displayed on the screen simply by selecting it. Also, you may comment on item(s) on displayed sections of the reporting form. You may even comment on the instructions given for each event description. All feedback is valuable; please enter as many comments as you like.