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Quality Improvement

 

 

Quality Improvement  

 

Numerous publications have highlighted the need to measure and constantly improve quality in our healthcare system. Infectious Diseases (ID) physicians’ impact the quality of healthcare both at patients’ bedside but also through their infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship activities that are focused on improving quality at the systems-level.

The resources below are designed to help ID physicians understand the current state of quality improvement and the transition towards a value driven healthcare system that publicly reports providers performance and pays for high quality outcomes.

ID-Specific PQRS Resources

Information for ID physicians on how to earn Medicare Incentive payments for reporting on PQRS measures.

ID-Specific PQRS Measures Finder

Includes a list of PQRS measures that may be reportable by ID physicians.

Medicare Physician Compare Website

A publicly-available Medicare tool that is designed to compare physicians' performance on designated quality and cost measures.

National Quality Forum

Membership-based organization focused on building consensus around national priorities and goals for performance improvement and on endorsing performance measures for accountability and public reporting.

Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement

Convened by the AMA and focused on developing, testing, implementing and disseminating evidence-based measures that reflect the best practices and best interest of medicine.

Standards and Practice Guidelines

Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patients in making decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. [Institute of Medicine Committee to Advise the Public Health Service on Clinical Practice Guidelines, 1990]

Value-Based Payments & Delivery Models

Learn how Accountable Care Organizations bundled payments, gainsharing, and other payment innovations will transform how care is delivered.

The Partnership for Patients

A public-partnership that seeks to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care.

Quality Improvement Measure Concepts

 

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