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NHIA Announces the Release of "Standard Definitions for Patient Outcomes Data Elements" for Implementation by Infusion Providers

The Standard Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements are presented by the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) to home and specialty infusion providers for use when collecting data related to patient events as part of ongoing quality improvement activities.  These definitions were developed by a volunteer-based Outcomes Task Force comprised of individual provider and business-firm members committed to the utilization of quality data to advance the infusion industry.  Standardized definitions will allow providers to engage in industry-wide benchmarking and research activities, generating the necessary data for demonstrating the quality and value associated with administering infused medications in the home setting.  Providers are encouraged to adopt the NHIA Patient Outcome Definitions to become eligible for participation in future industry-wide quality data initiatives.

The first iteration of NHIA's Outcome Definitions developed with member input in 2012 included the following outcomes: adverse drug reaction, catheter related bloodstream infection, emergency room visit (related and unrelated), unscheduled hospitalization (related and unrelated), catheter events per 1000 catheter days, and therapy complete. In 2014, several commercial payers began work to incorporate these data definitions into provider contracts as performance guarantees.  Following the 2015 NHIA annual conference, a new Outcomes Task Force was formed to review and revise the initial definitions, as well as make recommendations for additional elements.  The new group evaluated quality measure activities from other health care settings at more advanced stages of reporting, and developed revised definitions that are consistent with other sectors of healthcare.  Adraft of the revised definitions were released for open comment in August 2015, and over 60 individual comments from industry stakeholders were submitted and reviewed by the committee.  The end result of this effort is the final version of Standard Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements that will enable the infusion industry to tangibly measure the advantages of administering infused medications in the home setting. 

Click here to review the Final Standard Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements. Learn more about this exciting effort in the March/April issue of INFUSION.  For additional information you can also contact Connie Sullivan at 303-747-3798, or at connie.sullivan@nhia.org.

Thank you to our Outcomes Task Force Members for their contributions to the NHIA Data Initiative!

  • Danette Frauenholtz, RN, BSN, MBA, University of Iowa
  • Kelly Britt, RPh, Amerita Infusion Services
  • Sarah Brock, SHP
  • David Franklin, Advanced Care Consulting
  • Judy Giel, Pediatric Home Service
  • Nancy Kramer, RN, BSN, CRNI®, National Home Infusion Association
  • Connie Sullivan, RPh, National Home Infusion Association
  • Diane Koontz, Managed Health Care Associates
  • Krista Miller, CRNI®
  • Dave Monson, PharmD, BioScrip
  • Elizabeth Distler Nagy, RN, Carefusion
  • Theresa Rhan, RN, BSN, Fairview Home Infusion
  • Lisa Seifert, RPh, Option Care
  • Dana Simonson, PharmD, Fairview Home Infusion
  • Ron Zsido, PharmD, VITAline
  • Kenda Danowski, RN, BSN,VITAline
  • Anne Marie Parry, RN, CRNI®, Va-BC, VITAline
  • Dan Teich, PharmD, Fairview Home Infusion
  • Yvonne McDermott, BS, RRT-NPS, CPHQ, CPPS, BioScrip
  • Cathy Johnson, RPh, BioScrip
  • Kammi Jenkins, PharmD, Amerita

If you are interested in volunteering for future projects related to developing quality measures, please contact Connie Sullivan, R.Ph. at connie.sullivan@nhia.org