NQF study: Improving two quality measures will save lives

Approximately 144,000 lives could be saved over 10 years by improving colorectal cancer screening and blood pressure control, according to a study from the National Quality Forum. Published in Health Affairs Scholar, the study’s authors analyzed how much patients benefit from value-based care programs incentivizing health care providers and health plans to improve the quality of care. They used national data to estimate the impact of improved performance on the two quality measures ─ used widely in public- and private-sector value-based payment programs. (NQF news release, 5/30/24)