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National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

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The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are seen as a necessary step to site-neutral payments.

CMS pushes back on quality measure recommendations

CMS pushes back on quality measure recommendations

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Healthcare providers face unfairly reduced reimbursements if they serve economically disadvantaged patients, according to a recent National Quality Forum draft report. The government rejected recommendations to address this problem.

Current quality measures are unfair to providers serving economically disadvantaged populations, National Quality Forum tells CMS

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Nursing homes and other healthcare providers face reduced reimbursements from government programs if they serve economically disadvantaged patients, according to a recent National Quality Forum report. NQF recommended adjustments to address this problem, but the government rejected the proposals.

Care coordination is a part of performance measurement, MAP asserts

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There's a continuing need to align performance measurement across long-term care with other settings, and to increase care coordination, according to a new report from the Measure Applications Partnership.

Newly endorsed quality measure assesses Medicare costs for a whole episode of care

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The National Quality Forum has endorsed a controversial hospital quality measure that assesses Medicare costs for a whole episode of care, including time spent in post-acute settings, the organization recently announced.

60 seconds with ... NQF leader Christine Cassel, M.D.

60 seconds with ... NQF leader Christine Cassel, M.D.

Q: You've been at the National Quality Forum since July, bringing deep experience in geriatric medicine to the work of creating and reviewing quality measures. What measures do you see on the horizon for long-term care?

NQF's measures target pressure ulcers

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors recently endorsed 12 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address pressure ulcers, falls, healthcare-associated infections and a range of quality concerns.

NQF's new safety measures focus on falls, pressure ulcers

The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors endorsed new patient safety points of emphasis, including several directly related to long-term care, this week. The new measures came in the third installment from the NQF's patient safety endorsement project this year.

NQF launches Quality Positioning System

NQF launches Quality Positioning System

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has launched its Quality Positioning System Version 1.0. This new offering lets providers search for quality measures more quickly, organize measures in portfolios, compare or measure portfolios and share work.

Panel endorses patient safety quality measures

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A set of 14 patient safety measures seeking to curb preventable errors in healthcare settings has been approved by a national standards-setting organization.

Panel endorses quality measures of palliative and end-of-life care

The National Quality Forum voted to endorse 14 quality measures regarding palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families. The quality measures focus on areas of care including pain management, weight loss and depression.

Long-term care stakeholders submit quality measures performance report to HHS

Long-term care stakeholders submit quality measures performance report to HHS

As required by the Affordable Care Act, the National Quality Forum convened the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to develop a coordinated performance measurement approach across PAC and LTC settings.

Nursing home quality measures should address short-stay rehab residents, group says

The set of quality measures used on Medicare's Nursing Home Compare website should be updated to include more measures for short-stay rehabilitation residents, according to one panel of experts. The Nursing Home Compare program measure set contains a mix of process and outcome measures for safety and prevention of mortality, but there are some gaps, according to a new report from the Measures Application Panel (MAP).

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

The National Quality Forum on Wednesday came out in support of 21 measures to be used to care for both long-term nursing home residents and short-stay patients. These measures will be included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare website.

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