The National Quality Forum
(NQF) ratified the measures for the treatment and management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock as submitted collaboratively the Henry Ford Hospital, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Measures ratified by NQF are considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for public reporting and payment programs.
The measures are consistent with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) bundles that evolved from the Campaign’s work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to promote implementation of the initial SSC guidelines in 2004. The bundles
were updated in conjunction with publication of the 3rd edition of the guidelines. The SSC’s North American Steering Committee will conduct grand rounds with CMS on March 27 to outline the measures and data that informed them. Sean R. Townsend, MD, SSC steering committee member and VP, Quality and Safety, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, and Emanuel P. Rivers, MD, MPH, Vice Chairman and Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, who will participate in the grand rounds, were instrumental in developing the application to NQF and in providing testimony to support the approval of the measures.
SSC encourages clinicians to review the measures and participate in related discussions on the Campaign’s electronic message board
. The Campaign is committed to decreasing mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock, in part by striving to enroll 10,000 hospitals in the effort to ensure that all patients receive evidence-based care.