Top 5 videos from HIMSS17

Top 5 videos from HIMSS17

Best practices for quality measurement

“It has become very complex over the last three to five years."
By Chris Nerney
04:59 PM
Busy hospital hallway
As the U.S. healthcare system continues to undergo massive structural changes brought about by both the Affordable Care Act and an industrywide move toward value-based care, clinical quality measurement is becoming more important than ever.
Unfortunately, quality measurement also is becoming a growing source of confusion for healthcare providers. 
“It has become very complex over the last three to five years, and healthcare providers are really stuck having to figure out how to meet regulatory requirements or achieve quality measurement,” says Maggie Lohnes, a healthcare consultant for Sound Informatics.
Much of the problem comes down to sheer volume, Lohnes says. Performance measurement stewards such as the National Quality Forum and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services endorse a wide variety of quality standards. 
Further, she says, “The guidelines healthcare providers are given either from Congress or their management teams or others might have different focus areas for quality measurement.  If a health system is given a menu of 50 quality measures and has to choose 10, how do they choose the optimal 10?”
Lohnes and Dr. Ferdinand Velasco, chief health information officer for non-profit Texas Health Resources, will present a session at HIMSS15 titled “Navigating the Quality Measurement Maze.”
“The main purpose of this session is to help healthcare providers understand the landscape of quality measurement,” she says. “It’s very tricky. Even just within the federal government there are multiple programs that may have similar, but not the same measures. We are going to be sharing how you can choose measures that cover as many programs as possible to reduce the burden of all the reporting.” 
Lohnes will start the session with an overview of the quality measurement landscape, including current policies and trends, while Velasco will discuss Texas Health Resources’ Quality and Performance Improvement program.
The session has four objectives, she says. First is to give attendees an understanding of the “ecosystem” of mandated, standardized and local measures. 
Second is to provide a “framework for evaluating required measures in order to optimize both compliance with these federal programs as well as improving the care of patients in the facility,” Lohnes says.
The third objective is to assess future quality measurement trends, while the fourth objective will be to offer an in-depth look at the experiences of Texas Health Resources and the lessons learned.
Lohnes says the session should be valuable to a wide range of HIMSS15 attendees, including healthcare providers, vendors developing measurement systems, healthcare consultants and policy-makers.
Navigating the Quality Measurement Maze” is scheduled for Monday, April 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room S100A.
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