Patient Outcomes Measures: Phases I and II 

Project Status: Completed

National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Patient Outcomes: Phases I and II

Access the Final Report:  National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Patient Outcomes 2009 

The Opportunity

To achieve quality healthcare across the full continuum, more measures were needed that specifically address various outcomes of care provided in our nation’s healthcare system. Development and endorsement of outcomes measures focused on areas with the greatest potential impact, including common conditions, gaps in measurement of patient-focused outcomes, and transitions across care settings.

About the Project

This project began in August 2009 and encompasses the first and second phases of NQF's 2009-2010 work on patient outcomes measures. It focused on cardiovascular, pulmonary, and bone/joint conditions as well as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and several types of cancers. The specific lists of conditions for Phase I and Phase II are given below. Phase III of this work were conducted in the project Patient Outcomes Measures: Child Health and Mental Health.

Conditions covered during the phases of the project:  

Phase I  Measures related to the following conditions were reviewed in Phase I.
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Asthma
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA)
Phase II  Measures related to the following conditions were reviewed in Phase II.
  • Biliary and GI conditions
  • Breast cancer
  • Cataract
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip fracture
  • Lung cancer
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Prostate cancer


Candidate measures were considered for NQF endorsement as voluntary consensus standards. Agreement around the recommendations will be developed through NQF’s Consensus Development Process (CDP, Version 1.8). This project involved the active participation of representatives from across the spectrum of healthcare stakeholders.

The work of Phases I and II was overseen by the main Outcomes Steering Committee. Eight technical advisory panels (TAPs) offered expert review of candidate measures. Each phase had its own call for measures but both phases were open for Public and Member Comment.

Project Funding 

This project was funded under NQF's contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, Consensus-based Entities Regarding Healthcare Performance Measurement.

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Contact Information 

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