Opportunity for Public Comment on Scientific Acceptability of AHRQ Quality Indicators
AHRQ has published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback on the use of the AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) by the general public and health care industry. The AHRQ QIs, shown at https://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov, are standardized, evidence-based measures of health care quality that can be used with hospital inpatient administrative data to measure and track clinical performance and outcomes. AHRQ is conducting a study to:
- Document knowledge and evidence about the scientific acceptability of the QIs
- Compile information on the strengths and limitations of the QIs
- Identify areas of disagreement, if any, in the evidence, and
- Develop suggestions to refine or improve the QIs to make them more useful.
The deadline to comment is March 20. Written comments should be sent to: Maushami.Desoto@ahrq.hhs.gov. AHRQ and an expert workgroup will use information received from the RFI to develop recommendations on retaining, retiring or modifying the QIs to maximize their value to the health care industry and policymakers for improving the quality of patient care. The RFI notice is found in the Federal Register at 2018-03243 and a notice extending the closing date to March 20 is shown at 2018-03964.