Quality Measures

Doctors favor care improvement strategies over financial reforms
A recent survey of more than 2,500 U.S. physicians reveals general support for quality initiatives that may also reduce cost, but less enthusiasm about cost containment involving changes in payment models.
Physicians crown ACA with dunce cap August 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Physicians crown ACA with dunce cap
Healthcare reformation efforts have done little to cauterize a hemorrhaging system, physicians responding to a recent Medicus Firm survey declared, delivering downright dismal marks to various aspects of Affordable Care Act implementation.
Yelp, Google…and Medicare July 26, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman, MD
Physicians and hospital groups should embrace the coming age of hospital shopping and comparison and seek to guide its best practice.
Quality measures should be locally relevant, IOM says July 26, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Tasked with reviewing national public health quality efforts and the Healthy People 2020 strategy, the Institute of Medicine came to a conclusion shared by others: Partners in the health system use a complex array of measures of quality in a manner that seems uncoordinated.
Physician payment bill attracts support July 25, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
draft physician payment
The legislation proposes to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and transition to a stable system. A voice vote moves the bill to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is expected to consider it before lawmakers' month-long August recess.
ONC files health IT progress report July 23, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
health IT progress report
"Federal investments in a wide array of programs and activities, including the meaningful use EHR Incentive Program, have impacted the health IT marketplace, allowing the healthcare system to improve health and healthcare," the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said in the report posted July 19.
AOA delegates bolster GME initiatives July 22, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In attempts to anchor, address and accommodate the growing need for graduate medical education program funding, the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates voted in approval of the creation of alternative GME state-level financial mechanisms on July 21.
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians
Physicians have reason to question the timing and value of ICD-10 as they have many competing priorities due to a multitude of concurrent regulatory, technology and industry changes. Nonetheless, ICD-10 implementation presents physicians with five benefits that have the potential to be major game-changers.