Saturday, August 30, 2008

Effect of financial incentives on inequalities in the delivery of primary clinical care in England

analysis of clinical activity indicators for the quality and outcomes framework
Tim Doran, Catherine Fullwood, Evangelos Kontopantelis, David Reeves
The Lancet 2008; 372:728-736
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Quality and outcomes framework: patient-centred?
Barbara Starfield
The Lancet 2008; 372:692-694
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Implementation of quality measures to reduce surgical site infection in colorectal patients.

Wick EC, Gibbs L, Indorf LA, Varma MG, Garcia-Aguilar J.
Dis Colon Rectum. 2008 Jul;51(7):1004-9.
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Relationship of a Quality Measure Composite to Clinical Outcomes for Patients With Heart Failure

Eugene S. Chung, Lin Guo, Donald E. Casey, Jr, Cheryl Bartone, Santosh Menon, Syed Saghir, Anubhav Mital, and Dean J. Kereiakes
American Journal of Medical Quality 2008 23: 168-175.
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Effect of procedural volume on outcome of coronary artery bypass graft surgery in Japan

implication toward public reporting and minimal volume standards
Miyata H, Motomura N, Ueda Y, Matsuda H, Takamoto S.
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jun;135(6):1306-12.
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Low-volume coronary artery bypass surgery: Measuring and optimizing performance
David M. Shahian, Sharon-Lise T. Normand
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jun;135(6): 1202-1209
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Value of Ambulatory Care Measures: A Review of Clinical and Financial Impact from an Employer/Payer Perspective

Francois de Brantes, MBA; Paula S. Wickland, FSA; and John P. Williams, MD
Am J Manag Care. 2008;14(6):360-368
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Interventions to Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing: A Systematic Review and Quantitative Analysis.

Sumant R. Ranji, MD; Michael A. Steinman, MD; Kaveh G. Shojania, MD; Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH
Medical Care. 46(8):847-862, August 2008.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Measuring Maternal Morbidity in Routinely Collected Health Data

Development and Validation of a Maternal Morbidity Outcome Indicator.
Christine L. Roberts, MBBS, DipObsRANZCOG, DrPH; Carolyn A. Cameron, MPH; Jane C. Bell, BDS, DipEd, MPH, MAppEpid; Charles S. Algert, BS, MPH; Jonathan M. Morris, MB ChB, FRANZCOG, PhD
Medical Care. 46(8):786-794, August 2008.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Identifying Top-Performing Hospitals by Algorithm: Results from a Demonstration Project

Allison, Jeroan J.; Weissman, Norman W.; Silvey, Andrea B.; Chapin, Charlie A.; Kiefe, Catarina I.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 6, June 2008 , pp. 309-317(9)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Estimating a Composite Measure of Hospital Quality From the Hospital Compare Database

Differences When Using a Bayesian Hierarchical Latent Variable Model Versus Denominator-Based Weights.
Michael Shwartz, PhD; Justin Ren, PhD; Erol A. Peköz, PhD; Xin Wang, PhD; Alan B. Cohen, ScD; Joseph D. Restuccia, DrPH
Medical Care. 46(8):778-785, August 2008.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Comparison and Validity of Procedures Coded With ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CA/CCI.

Carolyn De Coster, Bing Li, Hude Quan
Medical Care. 46(6):627-634, June 2008
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Public Reporting of Antibiotic Timing in Patients with Pneumonia

Lessons from a Flawed Performance Measure
R. M. Wachter, S. A. Flanders, C. Fee and P. J. Pronovost
Ann Intern Med 2008; 29-32.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Comparative Quality Measures: Putting Evidence Above Expediency

Michael G. Kahn and James Todd
Pediatrics 2008; 122: 182-183.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Does the Leapfrog Program Help Identify High-Quality Hospitals?

Jha, Ashish K.; Orav, E. John; Ridgway, Abigail B.; Zheng, Jie; Epstein, Arnold M.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 6, June 2008 , pp. 318-325(8)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Frequency and Predictors of Adverse Health Outcomes in Older Medicare Beneficiaries Discharged From the Emergency Department.

S Nicole Hastings, MD; Eugene Z. Oddone, MD, MHS; Gerda Fillenbaum, PhD; Richard J. Sloane, MPH; Kenneth E. Schmader, MD
Medical Care. 46(8):771-777, August 2008
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Thursday, August 07, 2008

An introduction to reading and appraising qualitative research

Ayelet Kuper, Scott Reeves, Wendy Levinson
BMJ 2008;337:a288 (Published 7 August 2008)
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Selecting High Priority Quality Measures For Breast Cancer Quality Improvement.

Michael J. Hassett, MD, MPH; Melissa E. Hughes, MSc; Joyce C. Niland, PhD; Rebecca Ottesen, MS; Stephen B. Edge, MD; Michael A. Bookman, MD; Robert W. Carlson, MD; Richard L. Theriault, DO, MBA; Jane C. Weeks, MD, MSc
Medical Care. 46(8):762-770, August 2008.
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On the Road to Improving the Quality of Breast Cancer Care: A Distance Still to Travel.
Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, MD, MPH; Arnold L. Potosky, PhD
Medical Care. 46(8):759, August 2008.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Monday, August 04, 2008

Variation in Quality of Care Within Health Systems

Hines, Steve; Joshi, Maulik
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 34, Number 6, June 2008 , pp. 326-332(7)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Comparing Patient-Reported Hospital Adverse Events with Medical Record Review

Do Patients Know Something That Hospitals Do Not?
J. S. Weissman, E. C. Schneider, S. N. Weingart, A. M. Epstein, J. David-Kasdan, S. Feibelmann, C. L. Annas, N. Ridley, L. Kirle and C. Gatsonis
Ann Intern Med 2008; 100-108.
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