National Quality Forum (NQF) Endorses Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) Measurement System
National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed the Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO®) Measurement System after a rigorous review process by expert committees of stakeholders across the healthcare continuum using 5 endorsement criteria.
The NQF Endorsement Criteria ensures when the same NQF-endorsed® measures are used by the public and organizations, they are assured they are "best-in-class" and are reliable measures that can be compared. Comparative data can then be used by policy-makers, researchers, providers and consumers to make better decisions and improve the quality of healthcare. The NQF measures are used to achieve the National Quality Strategy (NQS) Improvement in Healthcare initiative by promising better health, better care and more affordable care. FOTO NQF endorsed measures are for Knee, Hip, Foot and Ankle, Lumbar, Shoulder, Elbow-Wrist and Hand, and General Orthopedic.
Ben Johnston, CEO, stated "FOTO is proud to be the first and only (at this time) patient reported outcomes(PRO) measurement system for rehabilitation to receive this distinguished recognition. The importance of the NQF endorsement goes beyond just endorsing a tool, but endorsing the actual system and formulas FOTO uses to compare the effectiveness of care at the patient, clinician, and clinic levels."
Specific details on each of FOTO's measures are available for you to review.
According to Tim Ferris, co-chair of NQF's Consensus Standards Approval Committee, "Measures are the only way we can really know if care is safe, efficient, effective and patient-centered. Performance measures also help us improve faster. We can make correction earlier in providing care."
About FOTO® FOTO® is a Knoxville, TN, based corporation that has been continuously improving solutions that efficiently and reliably measure and report functional outcomes for the rehab industry since 1992. FOTO's web-based and computer adaptive testing assessment solutions are risk-adjusted to enable efficient, fair and accurate measurements and predictions of the expected improvement in a patient's functional status. Over 11 million patient assessments have been compiled in the FOTO database. Researchers have utilized FOTO data in over 85 published articles on functional outcomes in refereed medical journals. These publications have led the way in enhancing the science of measuring outcomes and the use of outcomes in payment. For more information, contact Judy Holder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-482-3686 ext. 238.