This 8-page healthcare reform quarterly package for Q1 2014 features two major articles providing a status update and evaluation of two ambitious quality of care initiatives established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It also offers a profile of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the likely new secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who will be overseeing ACA implementation; a timeline of key reform developments in the first quarter; and a look at a first quarter reform "winner" and "loser."
The first main article spotlights a debate about the Partnership for Patients initiative involving more than 3,700 hospitals across the U.S. It explores the issue of whether the project should have included more standardized measures of quality so hospitals could be better compared and more robust lessons could have been learned about how to improve quality. The second main article examines the quality performance of hospital-physician networks that are participating in two Medicare accountable care demonstrations. It raises questions about why there has been limited publication of quality data so far.
What you will take away from this special report:
- Understand key policy issues in measuring quality improvement under healthcare reform.
- Learn about patient safety and outcomes improvements by hospitals and health networks, and how they were achieved.
- Identify areas where quality measurement needs to be better developed.
Published May 5, 2014