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MNCM Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Earn NQF Endorsement

The National Quality Forum (NQF) newly endorsed two MN Community Measurement patient-reported outcome measures this month:

  • Total Knee Replacement, average change in functional status
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion, average change in functional status

NQF is a non-profit organization in Washington, DC which plays an important role in standardizing health care quality measurement across the country and recommending measures for use in Medicare value-based purchasing and meaningful use programs. NQF endorsement is considered the gold standard in health care measurement. The federal government and many private sector entities use NQF-endorsed measures in their programs due to the thoroughness and consensus process behind them.

MNCM has publicly reported some Total Knee Replacement measures since last year; however, the patient-reported outcome measures have not been publicly reported yet. MNCM hopes to publicly report them on MNHealthScores.org by the end of 2015.

The endorsement of these two measures brings the total number of NQF-endorsed measures developed and stewarded by MNCM to nine. The other seven are:

  • Optimal Diabetes Care
  • Optimal Vascular Care
  • Depression Remission at Six Months
  • Depression Response at Six Months
  • Depression Remission at 12 Months
  • Depression Response at 12 Months
  • Depression PHQ-9 Utilization

NQF also re-endorsed MNCM’s Optimal Diabetes Care measure with the revised cholesterol management component. That measure was first endorsed by NQF in 2011.

MNCM has focused on the development of patient-reported outcome measures for many years, a growing area of focus in provider performance measurement.