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NQF Proposes Objective Physician Quality Measures
Standards address chronic illnesses, testing and immunization


Part 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.

The National Quality Forum issued 51 proposed quality standards for ambulatory care, including care in physicians' offices, emergency rooms and outpatient departments.

The 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.

The 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.

The draft standards are online here. You have until May 16 to comment.