Two Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)—Bruce Lee Hall, MD, PhD, FACS, and Don E. Detmer, MD, FACS—have been appointed to National Quality Forum (NQF) advisory groups in recent weeks.
Dr. Hall, a general surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, was appointed to the NQF’s Patient Outcomes: All-Cause Readmissions Expedited Review Project 2011 Steering Committee. The ACS submitted Dr. Hall’s nomination to the committee, which oversees the endorsement of cross-cutting (not condition-specific) performance measures for accountability and quality improvement that address all-cause readmissions. As part of this process, the committee also evaluates all-cause hospital readmissions-related consensus standards that NQF endorsed before June 2009. The NQF uses the endorsed measures for public reporting and to improve the quality of hospital care.
Dr. Detmer, Medical Director of the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy at the College, has been selected to serve as a member of the NQF’s Common Formats Expert Panel, which is a collaborative effort between the NQF and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). NQF convenes an expert panel to review comments received about the AHRQ-developed Common Formats and makes appropriate recommendations. A vascular surgeon from Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Detmer previously served as senior advisor for the American Medical Informatics Association.
The NQF is a multi-stakeholder not-for-profit organization that builds consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement, working in partnerships to achieve them; endorses national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and pursues national goals through education and outreach programs. Through various projects, the NQF has previously endorsed more than 100 consensus standards related to patient safety.
For more information on the Common Formats Expert Panel, go to http://www.qualityforum.org/projects/commonformats.aspx.
For more information on the NQF’s Readmissions Expedited Review Project, go to this site.