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National Quality Measures Clearinghouse

One of the challenges of assessing and sharing information on the quality of healthcare is reaching consensus on how to measure different aspects of quality performance. Government agencies, professional and industry associations, and other groups have all been involved in developing a range of consensus measures.

To make it easier to identify and locate the many performance measures developed for a complex health care system, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research has developed the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.

The Clearinghouse supports key word advance searching for quality measures using disease or condition; treatment or intervention; or health services administration limits. Searches can be further refined by checking selections from any combination of these facets:

  • Age range
  • Gender
  • Vulnerable population group
  • Measurement setting, such as an emergency department
  • Type of care coordination
  • Least aggregated level of services delivery addressed
  • Current use of the measure, such as accreditation
  • Data source
  • Issuing organizations
  • Endorsing organizations
  • Organization type
  • National quality aim, such as affordable care or healthy communities
  • National quality strategy priority
  • Measure domain [process, access, outcome, etc]
  • Measure initiative, such as use in Hospital Compare
  • Institute of Medicine quality domain
  • Institute of Medicine care need
  • Professionals involved in delivery of health services
  • Publication year

A detailed summary of each measure included in the Clearinghouse includes the facets listed above that are available for searching or browsing.

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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