MS: In 2008, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) established the goal of "improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations." In 2013, AHRMM launched the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement where cost, while important, is no longer the primary element supply decisions are based upon. Rather it is one of many elements to be considered when organizations take a holistic approach to supply chain.
As the Triple Aim continues to be adopted by hospitals and health systems as a framework for implementing major improvements, AHRMM has established a clear and important connection between AHRMM's CQO Movement and the goals of the Triple Aim.
It outlines how supply chain can support the use of data and analytics, establish collaborations across departments and communities, promote prevention and implement standardization and cost control metrics that are all needed to improve patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction, eliminate product waste, and drive holistic, clinically integrated, and strategic care within the value-based reimbursement model.
This approach, calling for improvement of the patient experience, the health of populations, and the reduction of per capita healthcare cost needs to be implemented by all healthcare stakeholders, with supply chain professionals as co-owners within this delivery-of-care model.