Wednesday, January 31, 2007

All or none measurement: why we know so little about the comprehensiveness of care

Edward Kelley
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 1-3;
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How to develop a business case for quality

Kristin L. Reiter, Kerry E. Kilpatrick, Sandra B. Greene, Kathleen N. Lohr, and Sheila Leatherman
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 50-55;
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Does the Patient's Payer Matter in Hospital Patient Safety?: A Study of Urban Hospitals.

Jan P. Clement, Richard C. Lindrooth, Askar S. Chukmaitov, Hsueh-Fen Chen
Medical Care. 45(2):131-138, February 2007.
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Physician Practice Revenues and Use of Information Technology in Patient Care.

Michael F. Furukawa, Jonathan D. Ketcham, Mary E. Rimsza
Medical Care. 45(2):168-176, February 2007.
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Did the Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System Result in Changes in Relative Patient Severity and Relative Resource Use

Susan M. Paddock, José J. Escarce, Orla Hayden, Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin
Medical Care. 45(2):123-130, February 2007
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

AHRQ - Closing The Quality Gap: Asthma Care

Closing The Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 5—Asthma Care
January 2007.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

"Despite the availability of evidence-based guidelines for the management of pediatric and adult asthma, there remains a significant gap between accepted best practices for asthma care and actual care delivered to asthma patients.

The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the evidence that quality improvement (QI) strategies can improve the processes and outcomes of outpatient care for children and adults with asthma." (AHRQ)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Redesigning health systems for quality: Lessons from emerging practices.

Wang MC, Hyun JK, Harrison M, Shortell SM, Fraser I.
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2006 Nov;32(11):599-611.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

American College of Cardiology 2006 principles to guide physician pay-for-performance programs

a report of the American College of Cardiology Work Group on Pay for Performance
(A Joint Working Group of the ACC Quality Strategic Direction Committee and the ACC Advocacy Committee)

Brush JE Jr, Krumholz HM, Wright JS, Brindis RG, Cacchione JG, Drozda JP Jr, Fasules JW, Flood KB, Garson A Jr, Masoudi FA, McBride T, McKay CR, Messer JV, Mirro MJ, O'Toole MF, Peterson ED, Schaeffer JW, Valentine CM.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Dec 19;48(12):2603-9.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

AHRQ - National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

National Healthcare Quality Report, 2006.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

The 2006 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States.

It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care—effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness. Those dimensions cover the four stages of care from the patient perspective (staying healthy, getting better, living with illness and disability, and coping with the end of life).

Measures of access to care are covered in the companion 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report.

Friday, January 19, 2007

What can the UK learn from the USA about improving the quality and safety of healthcare?

Tomson CR, Berwick DM.
Clin Med. 2006 Nov-Dec;6(6):551-8.


Measuring the performance of health care services

a review of international experiences and their application to urban contexts
Garcia-Altes A, Zonco L, Borrell C, Plasencia A; Barcelona Group on the Performance of Health Care Services.

Gac Sanit. 2006 Jul-Aug;20(4):316-24.

full text pdf

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Health Care Quality Improvement: Ethical and Regulatory Issues


Jennings B, Baily MA, Bottrell M, Lynn J
Garrison, NY: The Hastings Center; 2007.

The Hastings Center investigate the ethical and value issues that arise in the theory and practice of QI in health care. The project, titled “The Ethics of Improving Health Care Quality and Safety,” was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This book is one of the outcomes of that project.

A companion piece to this volume is the final project report entitled “The Ethics of Using QI Methods to Improve Health Care Quality and Safety

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sensitivity of routine system for reporting patient safety incidents in an NHS hospital: retrospective patient case note review

Ali Baba-Akbari Sari, Trevor A Sheldon, Alison Cracknell, Alastair Turnbull
BMJ 2007;334:79,

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Incident reporting and patient safety
Charles Vincent
BMJ 2007;334:51

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Health Affairs - Quality in Cardiovascular Disease

January/February 2007 - Volume 26, Number 1

A section of Health Affairs current issue focus on Quality in Cardiovascular Disease

PROLOGUE: Improving The Quality Of Cardiovascular Disease Care
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Curbing The Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic: Aligning Industry, Government, Payers, And Academics
Robert M. Califf, Robert A. Harrington, Leanne K. Madre, Eric D. Peterson, Deborah Roth, and Kevin A. Schulman
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Measuring Performance For Treating Heart Attacks And Heart Failure: The Case For Outcomes Measurement
Harlan M. Krumholz, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, John A. Spertus, David M. Shahian, and Elizabeth H. Bradley
[Abstract] [Full Text] [PDF]

Evidence, Appropriateness, And Technology Assessment In Cardiology: A Case Study Of Computed Tomography
Rita F. Redberg
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Monday, January 15, 2007

Measuring Performance Directly Using the Veterans Health Administration Electronic Medical Record: A Comparison With External Peer Review.

Joseph L. Goulet, Joseph Erdos, Sue Kancir, Forrest L. Levin,Steven M. Wright, Stanlie M. Daniels, Lynnette Nilan, Amy C. Justice
Medical Care. 45(1):73-79, January 2007.

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The Utility of Administrative Data for Measuring Adherence to Cancer Surveillance Care Guidelines.

Gregory S. Cooper, Lonni Schultz, Janine Simpkins, Jennifer Elston Lafata
Medical Care. 45(1):66-72, January 2007.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

The Safety Organizing Scale: Development and Validation of a Behavioral Measure of Safety Culture in Hospital Nursing Units.

Timothy J. Vogus, PhD; Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD
Medical Care. 45(1):46-54, January 2007.

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Facility-Level Factors Influencing Chronic Heart Failure Care Process Performance in a National Integrated Health Delivery System.

Usha Subramanian, Jason Sutherland, Kimberly D. McCoy, Karl F. Welke, Thomas E. Vaughn, Bradley N. Doebbeling
Medical Care. 45(1):28-45, January 2007.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Multidisciplinary Primary Care Teams: Effects on the Quality of Clinician-Patient Interactions and Organizational Features of Care.

Hector P. Rodriguez, William H. Rogers, Richard E. Marshall, Dana Gelb Safran
Medical Care. 45(1):19-27, January 2007.

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Are Continuity of Care and Teamwork Incompatible?
Edward H. Wagner, Robert J. Reid
Medical Care. 45(1):6-7, January 2007.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Effect of a Quality Improvement Initiative on the Quality of Other Aspects of Health Care: The Law of Unintended Consequences?

David A. Ganz, Neil S. Wenger, Carol P. Roth, Caren J. Kamberg, John T. Chang, Catherine H. MacLean, Roy T. Young, David H. Solomon, Takahiro Higashi, Lillian Min, David B. Reuben, Paul G. Shekelle
Medical Care. 45(1):8-18, January 2007.

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Intended and Unintended Consequences: What Should We Really Worry About?
McGlynn, Elizabeth A.
Medical Care. 45(1):3-5, January 2007.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Association Between Performance Measures and Clinical Outcomes for Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure

Gregg C. Fonarow; William T. Abraham; Nancy M. Albert; Wendy Gattis Stough; Mihai Gheorghiade; Barry H. Greenberg; Christopher M. O'Connor; Karen Pieper; Jie Lena Sun; Clyde Yancy; James B. Young; for the OPTIMIZE-HF Investigators and Hospitals

JAMA 2007 297: 61-70


Monday, January 08, 2007

Enhancement of Claims Data to Improve Risk Adjustment of Hospital Mortality

Michael Pine; Harmon S. Jordan; Anne Elixhauser; Donald E. Fry; David C. Hoaglin; Barbara Jones; Roger Meimban; David Warner; Junius Gonzales

JAMA 2007 297: 71-76