Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The National Quality Forum Endorses PointRight® Pro 30™ Rehospitalization Measure

Last week, AHCA and PointRight Inc., announced that the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed the PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalization measure. Sponsored by AHCA and PointRight, the measurement tool tracks and reduces rehospitalization rates in long term and post-acute care centers.

"This endorsement aligns with AHCA’s mission to improve lives by delivering solutions for quality care," said AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson. "Our partnership with PointRight provides AHCA’s more than 9,600 skilled nursing center members with access to this valuable resource through our LTC Trend Tracker. It’s tools such as this that allows us to improve quality care and reduce hospital readmissions."

In order to secure this NQF endorsement, extensive testing and evaluation of its reliability and validity was required. As part of this process, sponsors were asked to provide detailed descriptions of how the measure is calculated and risk adjusted. The measure is now in use by more than 9,000 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the United States and is also being used by several Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
"This measure is the only NQF endorsed risk adjusted rehospitalization tool for skilled nursing centers that measures rehospitalization rates for all admissions regardless of payor status," said David Gifford, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs. "With NQF’s experts confirming this measure as reliable and valid, we expect more and more ACOs and MCOs using this measure as a source of information for the profession."

Prior to AHCA’s adoption of this PointRight metric in their web-based benchmarking tool, LTC Trend Tracker, the two organizations jointly announced AHA's use of this measure in its Quality Initiative.

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