NQF Upholds Endorsement of All-Cause Readmissions Measure

The National Quality Forum's board of directors voted on June 25 to uphold its initial decision to endorse a new all-cause hospital-wide readmissions measure.

 

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The measure, co-developed by CMS and researchers at Yale University, estimates the risk-standardized rate of unplanned, all-cause readmissions to a hospital for any eligible condition within 30 days of hospital discharge for patients aged 18 and older. The board's decision to endorse this measure was challenged through NQF's official appeal process by seven hospital systems.

"NQF greatly appreciates and takes to heart the comments and concerns raised throughout this project, both about the potential use of this new measure and how consensus was achieved," said Janet Corrigan, CEO and President of NQF. "We put great faith in our members and multistakeholder, expert committees to help us make decisions that are in the best interests of achieving a higher-value, safer healthcare system. This current project shows that reaching consensus is difficult, but any process that balances multistakeholder interests yields important results."

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