Friday, October 28, 2016
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed measures in the areas of cancer, palliative and end-of-life care, perinatal and reproductive health, and person- and family-centered care.
NQF has endorsed 15 measures related to cancer care. The measures focus on breast cancer screening, appropriate treatment of breast, colon and prostate cancer, hematology, and febrile neutropenia. In all, 18 measures were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria. Thirteen of these measures received endorsement status and two received inactive endorsement with reserve status. Three of the 18 reviewed measures were newly submitted measures and 15 were maintenance measures. For a complete list of measures, see the Cancer 2015-2017 project page.
Palliative and End-of-Life Care
NQF has endorsed 23 measures related to palliative and end-of-life care. The measures focus on physical, spiritual, religious, existential, ethical, and legal aspects of care, as well as care of the patient at the end of life. In all, 24 measures were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria and 23 received endorsement status. Eight of the 24 reviewed measures were newly submitted measures and 16 were maintenance measures. For a complete list of measures, see the Palliative and End-of-Life Care 2015-2016 project page.
Perinatal and Reproductive Health
NQF has endorsed 18 measures related to perinatal and reproductive health. The measures focus on treatment processes and outcomes for contraception, reproductive health, pregnancy and related complications, childbirth, and neonatal health. In all, 24 measures were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria and 18 received endorsement status. Nine were newly submitted measures and 15 were maintenance measures. For a complete list of measures, see the Perinatal and Reproductive Health 2015-2016 project page.
Person- and Family-Centered Care
NQF has endorsed 13 measures related to person- and family-centered care. The measures focus on quality of life, functional status, experience of care, shared decision making, symptom/symptom burden, and communication. Twelve of the 13 measures that were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria were newly submitted measures and one was a maintenance measure. For a complete list of measures, see the Person and Family Centered Care 2015-2017 project page.
Any party may appeal a decision to endorse a measure reviewed in these projects by submitting an appeal no later than November 25 at 6:00pm ET.
Appeals may be submitted through 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. All appeals are published on the relevant project pages on NQF’s website.
The recently announced changes to NQF's measure endorsement procedures for decisions and appeals do not affect these projects.
Questions? Please contact project teams at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.