National Quality Forum endorses QMETRIC measures

April 6, 2017  //  FOUND IN: News

The CHEAR Center’s Quality Measurement, Evaluation, Testing, Review, and Implementation Consortium — or QMETRIC — team accomplished a significant milestone in its efforts to improve pediatric health care.

The team recently submitted two quality measures to the National Quality Forum, whose mission is to “lead national collaboration to improve health and health care quality through measurement.” The NQF is the gold standard for endorsing quality measurement.

NQF has endorsed QMETRIC’s measure for transcranial Doppler screening among children with sickle cell anemia. This measure assesses the proportion of children with sickle cell anemia that receive appropriate stroke risk screening, which identifies the children who need to begin stroke prevention efforts.

This month, NQF recommended a second QMETRIC measure for endorsement: antibiotic prophylaxis among children with sickle cell anemia, assessing the proportion of children with sickle cell anemia who receive life-saving antibiotic prophylaxis.

These QMETRIC measures are among very few pediatric quality measures in the U.S. that have been tested for reliability and validity and have adequate measure specifications for implementation. These measures may be used by states, health plans, and health systems to improve the care provided to this particularly vulnerable population of children with sickle cell disease.

For more information on QMETRIC, click here.