NQF and Patient Safety
NQF’s mission is to improve the quality of healthcare. Patient safety is central to achieving our mission. We know that reducing harm and preventable medical errors saves lives and lowers healthcare costs, a goal shared by everyone that touches the healthcare system.
Patient safety is one of the six aims included in the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care released in March 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services. It has also been one of the national priorities outlined by the NQF-convened National Priorities Partnership.
See our efforts in patient safety this year and over the past 10 years.
Measuring Patient Safety
Of the over 600 NQF endorsed measures, approximately 100 are patient-safety focused. NQF has also endorsed 34 Safe Practices for Better Healthcare and 28 Serious Reportable Events. Despite these achievements, there are still significant gaps in the measurement of patient safety. Through convening, technical panels, and other educational forums, NQF works with measure developers and others in healthcare to help understand measurement gaps and encourage strategies to fill them.
NQF has published a number of reports to encourage providers to adopt best practices and eliminate serious reportable events (SREs). State based reporting has also been enacted in 26 states and the District of Columbia to help providers identify and learn from serious reportable events. By spotlighting national reporting efforts, NQF plays a vital role in encouraging those who provide care to make it safer, and helping people make informed care choices.
We can only improve what we can measure and report on. No one knows this better than our John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award winners. Their efforts inspire us and others to become champions of patient safety and improvement.
NQF and Patient Safety, in past years
Review below the reports, projects, and issue briefs that have impacted our healthcare community throughout the years.