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Quality Improvement



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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.

Quality Improvement Measure Concepts

IDSA developed concepts for quality improvement measures specific to the best practices associated with the treatment of infectious diseases.

Value-Based Payments & Delivery Models

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

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]

Medicare Physician Compare Website

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

OPAT eHandbook

The third edition of the Handbook of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy for Infectious Diseases is now available from IDSA and CRG Publishing, a division of the Curry Rockerfeller Group, LLC.

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