NQMC Update Service: April 20, 2015

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC)

April 20, 2015

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Expert Commentary

Measure Summaries

The Joint Commission

The Menninger Clinic

Withdrawn Summaries

The summaries listed below have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site because they are no longer in current use and therefore, do not meet the NQMC Inclusion Criteria. Please see the Measure Archive for a complete list of all measures that have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/The Joint Commission

  • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI): percent of patients who are prescribed a statin at hospital discharge.
  • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI): percent of patients who are prescribed aspirin at hospital discharge.
  • Heart failure: percent of patients with LVSD who are prescribed an ACEI or ARB at hospital discharge.
  • Pneumonia: percent of patients who were transferred or admitted to the ICU within 24 hours of hospital arrival who had blood cultures performed within 24 hours prior to or the day prior to arrival, the day of arrival, or within 24 hours after arrival to the hospital.
  • Pneumonia: percent of patients whose initial emergency room blood culture specimen was collected prior to first hospital dose of antibiotics.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

  • Heart failure: percent of patients discharged home with written instructions or educational material given to patient or caregiver at discharge or during the hospital stay addressing all of the following: activity level, diet, discharge medications, follow-up appointment, weight monitoring, and what to do if symptoms worsen.
  • Surgical care improvement project: percent of surgery patients for whom either active warming was used intraoperatively for the purpose of maintaining normothermia or who had at least one body temperature equal to or greater than 96.8° F/36° C recorded within the 30 minutes immediately prior to or the 15 minutes immediately after Anesthesia End Time.

The Joint Commission

  • Children's asthma care: percent of pediatric asthma inpatients who received relievers during hospitalization.
  • Children's asthma care: percent of pediatric asthma inpatients who received systemic corticosteroids during hospitalization.
  • Pneumonia: percent of immunocompetent ICU patients with community-acquired pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen during the first 24 hours that is consistent with current guidelines.
  • Pneumonia: percent of immunocompetent non-intensive care unit (ICU) patients with community-acquired pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen during the first 24 hours that is consistent with current guidelines.

Announcements

Notice to Our Users - Enhanced HHS Measures Inventory Coming Soon in April 2015!

In order to provide complete measure information to our users, the launch of the enhanced HHS Measures Inventory has been rescheduled for April 2015 (from February 2015). The HHS Measures Inventory is currently undergoing improvements to enhance the content, functionality, and overall user experience of the Web site.

  • Streamlined Measure Updating. The HHS Measures Inventory will transition from an annual to a "real-time" updating of content directly to the Web site.
  • Links to Expanded Measure Information. When available, external links will be established among measures in the HHS Measures Inventory and the same or similar measure residing in the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) repositories.
  • New Measure History Display. A complete history of entry actions, including measure submission, review, and the date and time of each action will be displayed for each measure record.

Contact Us with inquiries regarding the change in schedule or the forthcoming measure information.

Coming Soon

  • New Quality Measurement, Evaluation, Testing, Review, and Implementation Consortium (Q-METRIC) Sickle Cell Disease measures. Look for these measures in NQMC in the near future!

Conference News

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is excited to announce that its research conference will be held October 4–6, 2015 in Crystal City, VA. The conference will bring authorities in health care research and policy together to participate in sessions focused on addressing today's challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care. Visit the conference home page for more information.

Health Awareness Topics - April 2015

How to Participate

  • Submit measures: Visit our Submit Measures page for information on how to submit your organization's measures.
  • Suggest a measure for possible inclusion: Submit your suggestions for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets that you would like to see included in NQMC.

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