The venous thromboembolism (VTE) measures were developed as a result of the ‘National Consensus Standards for the Prevention and Care of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)’ project between The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) that formally began in January 2005. The development process was guided by the expertise and advice provided by the NQF steering committee (SC) and the technical advisory panel (TAP). The measures were tested through a multi-phased approach and the results were reviewed by the SC and TAP.
Six VTE measures were endorsed by the NQF in May, 2008 and aligned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The VTE measure set was approved as a core measure set for use in the Joint Commission’s ORYX program, and available for selection by hospitals to meet their four core measure set accreditation requirement effective May 1, 2009, dependent upon vendor support of this measure set.
The VTE measures can be found in the Specification Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. Submit your questions about VTE measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.