With this past week’s HIMSS and ENA leadership conference, I don’t know where the year has gone. With all of the travel I find myself on, it seems harder and harder to carve out time to get my blog thoughts down. However, I do enjoy this uninterrupted time in front of my computer to write what I see are some important changes and work happening in healthcare today.
Over the past two months, we’ve been exploring the Measures for Use in establishing Quality Performance Standards that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) must meet for shared savings. Last month, we discussed the Patient/Caregiver experience and this month I want us to explore the Care Coordination/Patient Safety area.
This section still lies in the aim of Better Care for Individuals and has six tenets which must be followed:
- Risk-Standardized, All Condition Readmission
- Ambulatory Sensitive Conditions Admissions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Ambulatory Sensitive Conditions Admissions: Congestive Heart Failure
- Percent of PCPs who successfully qualify for an EHR Incentive Program Payment
- Medication Reconciliation: Reconciliation After Discharge from an Inpatient Facility
- Falls: Screening for Fall Risk
As we start to look into the next section of Better Health for Populations, the above listed areas are all in the reporting stage and will switch to the performance stage in year 2 and year 3. With AONE’s upcoming conference in March, Elsevier CPM and our other business units will be talking with conference attendees and sharing client stories on what success looks like for these measure titles.
Thank you for all that you do for health care and I look forward to seeing everyone during my conference and speaking travels.