How do we know? We measure. How do patients know if their health care is good care? How do providers pinpoint the steps that need to be improved to benefit patients? And how do insurers and employers determine whether they are paying for the best care that science, skill, and compassion can provide? Performance measures give us a way to assess health care against recognized standards.
While measures come from many sources, those endorsed by National Quality Forum have become a common point of reference. An NQF endorsement reflects rigorous scientific and evidence-based review, input from patients and their families, and the perspectives of people throughout the healthcare industry.
The ABCs of Measurement explains how the science of measuring health care performance is making enormous progress, and continues to evolve. Measures represent a critical component in the national endeavor to assure that all patients receive appropriate and high quality care.
- 1 Aligning Forces for Quality: At the Forefront of Reform
- 2 Aligning Forces for Quality Report
- 3 How Registries Can Help Performance Measurement Improve Care
- 4 The ABCs of Measurement
- 5 Provisions Related to Quality in the New Health Reform Law
- 6 The State of Health Care Quality 2009
- 7 An Overview of Final Regulations Implementing HITECH's Meaningful Use Provisions and Their Implications for Regional Collaboratives
- 8 Making Reform a Reality
- 9 Quality & Equality in U.S. Health Care
- 10 How to Display Comparative Information that People Can Understand and Use
- 11 How to Describe the Health and Community Context for Comparative Performance Reports
- 12 Sample Site for Reporting Health Care Quality Data
- 13 Consumer Decision Points in Accessing Comparative Health Care Information
- 14 Improving Care Coordination by Streamlining Patient Referrals
- 15 Modifying the Admission Process to Improve the Collection and Accuracy of REL Data Collection
- 16 Modifying the Registration System to Accurately and Efficiently Capture Patient Language Preference
- 17 Ensuring REL Data Collection with the Use of a Post-Discharge Survey Tool
- 18 Ensuring Interpreter Qualifications and Standards Through Vendor Contracts
- 19 Educating and Motivating the Community to Reduce Disparities
Learn how to improve care transitions and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions, and pick up nursing and medical education con-ed credits.
A White House “Champions of Change” event yesterday honored 12 men and women who spent their careers improving the lives of children who hav...
Join the Commission on June 19, 2013 for a public meeting to raise awareness of how non-medical factors influence health and move public- an...
The reconvened Commission to Build a Healthier America will provide new guidance in two key areas: early childhood and healthy communities.
This is the agenda for the June 19, 2013 RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America public meeting.
How the County Health Rankings helped US News size up children's hospitals.
"We often see the benefits of diversity as being for minorities," Angela Amar writes. "We seldom see that the majority benefits as well."
The full list of commissioners for the re-convened Commission to Build a Healthier America, led by Mark McClellan and Alice Rivlin.
Scheduled speakers for the June 19, 2013 RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America public meeting.
We create new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts—in our homes, schools, and jobs.
Team members, grantees, and guests discuss breakthrough ideas that will allow us to move toward solving challenges in health care.
How discouraging that, despite the escalating obesity crisis in the U.S. among adults and, even more scarily, children, America seems to be ...