of the problem with rewarding physicians for high quality
has been the lack of objective measures. But that may not
be a problem much longer.
National Quality Forum issued 51 proposed quality standards
for ambulatory care, including care in physicians' offices,
emergency rooms and outpatient departments.
proposed "voluntary consensus standards" include
evidence-based performance measures for asthma and respiratory
conditions; depression and behavioral health; bone diseases;
heart diseases; hypertension; prenatal care; and prevention,
immunization and screening.
NQF wants to support standards that apply to individual
physicians and practices, and allow for physician accountability.
They should refer to areas of carethat physicians can control,
and be derived from all available data sources.
draft standards are online here.
You have until May 16 to comment.