Quality Measurement by Health Care Professionals. The purpose of this assignment is to discuss how an individual’s role within a health care organization affects or influences the application of quality improvement and measurement tools.
The purpose of this assignment is to discuss how an individual’s role within a health care organization affects or influences the application of quality improvement and measurement tools.
Quality improvement and measurement tools are utilized by a wide range of professionals within a health care organization and may be applied differently depending on the nature of the professional’s work.
The role of health care professionals can determine how they view quality initiatives, including the different methods of measurement and types of quality improvement tools. Discuss these variations in the applicability of quality improvement and measurement tools with respect to the professional’s area of focus and role within the health care organization.
In a paper of 1,000-1,250 words, address the following points:
Identify three quality measurement/improvement tools and discuss the purpose or focus of each. What can these tools be used to understand or assess?
Describe how each of these quality improvement tools could be used to measure quality by at least three professionals in a health care organization. Include an example of at least one administrative health professional, one mid-level clinical provider, and a physician.
Include at least four scholarly references in addition to the textbook.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
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Quality is defined by the National Academy of Medicine 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.
Quality improvement is the framework used to systematically improve care. Quality improvement seeks to standardize processes and structure to reduce variation, achieve predictable results, and improve outcomes for patients, healthcare systems, and organizations. Structure includes things like technology, culture, leadership, and physical capital; process includes knowledge capital (e.g., standard operating procedures) or human capital (e.g., education and training).
Healthcare providers gain insights and improve outcomes through quality measure benchmarking. Benchmarking allows us to identify best practices in care. By analyzing variation in quality measures, we can identify research opportunities that advance professional knowledge, which informs the creation of future best practices.1 Similarly, quality measure benchmarks can be used to accurately track quality improvement progress.
CMS uses quality improvement and quality measurement to achieve the goals and priorities of the Meaningful Measures Framework. The purpose of the Framework is to improve outcomes for patients, their families and providers while also reducing burden on clinicians and providers. CMS’ areas of focus are:
A quality measure is a tool for making “good decisions” defined as decisions that make it more likely to experience a good result and less likely to experience an adverse result that was not foreseen or was not understood. Patient and families use quality measures to select high-performing clinicians. Healthcare providers use quality measures to assess their own performance. Selection and choice decisions based on sound quality measures increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes.3