The Importance Of Quality Measures In Healthcare

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Quality measures are well known amongst healthcare organizations across the United States. The Medicaid system is built upon quality measures that tie directly into the payment system. In promoting quality measures amongst organizations the U.S. has developed a reporting system known as Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ to build awareness. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has defined healthcare quality as, “the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge.”(Rubin 2010) The awareness of process and outcome measures continues to build and is clearly publicized for consumers to see. Developing quality …show more content…
All these measures are focused on patient’s outcomes and today’s technology really shines a light on all outcomes. It is imperative that healthcare providers consistently improve patient outcomes or it could be detrimental to the organizations. With the implementation of Obama care all patients have the right to choose their provider and they have the accessibility to view these quality measures. In response healthcare providers need to develop their own internal quality measures to better improve patient outcomes and increase credibility of the …show more content…
Consumers/patients are usually solely focused on the outcome and pay little attention to the process measure needed for a successful outcome. Patients believe providers are responsible in all aspects of the process measure and can be naïve to the role they play in the process. This correlates directly with a lot of outliers, for example the population of non-compliant patients. This can correlate directly to the clinician teaching the patient that also might not be process driven which in return doesn’t properly educate the patient. With all pieces of the process measure not being carried out correctly, it would potentially lead to misleading outcomes. This can be quite costly to healthcare organizations because no matter the costs spent on implementing process measures; if not followed correctly it will not be

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