NQMC Update Service: March 13, 2017


March 13, 2017

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Measure Summaries

Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic New Developer

Withdrawn Measure Summaries

The measure summaries listed below have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site because they are no longer in current use, and therefore, do not meet the NQMC Inclusion Criteria. Please see the Measure Summaries Archive for a complete list of measures that have been withdrawn from the NQMC Web site.

College of American Pathologists

  • Pathology: percentage of biopsy and cytology specimen reports with a diagnosis of non small cell lung cancer that are classified into specific histologic type or classified as NSCLC-NOS with an explanation included in the pathology report.
  • Pathology: percentage of breast cancer resection pathology reports that include the pT category (primary tumor), the pN category (regional lymph nodes) and the histologic grade.
  • Pathology: percentage of colon and rectum cancer resection pathology reports that include the pT category (primary tumor), the pN category (regional lymph nodes) and the histologic grade.
  • Pathology: percentage of pathology reports for primary lung carcinoma resection specimens that include the pT category, pN category and for non small cell lung cancer, histologic type (squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and not NSCLC-NOS).
  • Pathology: percentage of patients with esophageal biopsy reports for Barrett's esophagus that contain a statement about dysplasia.
  • Pathology: percentage of patients with quantitative breast tumor human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) immunohistochemistry (IHC) evaluation using the ASCO/CAP recommended manual system or a computer-assisted system consistent with the optimal algorithm for HER2 testing as described in the current ASCO/CAP guidelines.
  • Pathology: percentage of primary malignant cutaneous melanoma pathology reports that include the pT category and a statement on thickness and ulceration and for pT1, mitotic rate.
  • Pathology: percentage of radical prostatectomy pathology reports that include the pT category, the pN category, the Gleason score and a statement about margin status.


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Conference News

Last chance to register for the Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders (E-GAPPS III) Conference being held on March 20-21, 2017 at The New York Academy of Medicine. The event is sponsored by the Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N NA) and NYAM's Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC). The conference is titled "Beyond Implementation: Are Clinical Guidelines Improving Healthcare Quality?"

AHRQ Announces Funding Opportunity for Developing Measures of Shared Decisionmaking

A new funding opportunity announcement from AHRQ solicits applications for research projects to develop, test and evaluate measures of shared decisionmaking for research conducted in clinical settings. Shared decisionmaking is a collaborative process in which patients and members of their clinical team make health care decisions that are informed by scientific evidence as well as patients' values and preferences. Each project is expected to produce valid and reliable measures of shared decisionmaking, along with instructions for implementing the measures and documentation on the development, testing and evaluation of the measures. The maximum cost for each project is $500,000 per year and $1.5 million for up to three years.

Health Awareness Topics: March 2017

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