Two new reports on quality are available from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
EHR-Generated Clinical Measures Useful in Estimating Quality of Care: Nine of 12 clinical quality measures generated by interoperable electronic health records showed good consistency in estimating quality of care, a recent AHRQ-supported study concludes. The study, “Accuracy of Electronically Reported ‘Meaningful Use’ Clinical Quality Measures: A Cross-Sectional Study,” which appeared in the January 15 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that electronic quality measurement can identify areas in need of improvement and quantify the impact of changes that have been made. Watch a short video on this project or access the article on PubMed.
AHRQ Offers New Report Summary on Quality Gaps Across Health Care: A new summary of evidence reports from AHRQ on opportunities to improve health care quality is now available. Beginning in 2004, the eight “Closing the Quality Gap” reports assessed evidence for improvement for selected settings, interventions and clinical conditions. Individual reports examined the effectiveness of bundled payment programs, effectiveness of the patient-centered medical home, strategies to address health disparities, effectiveness of medication adherence interventions, effectiveness of public reporting, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, measurement of outcomes for people with disabilities, and health care and palliative care for patients with advanced and serious illness. The summary, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science, is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the nature and extent of quality gaps across health care, as well as the systemic changes necessary to close them. Read here.