August 2, 2017

Measuring quality of episodes of care

Episode-Based Approaches to Measuring Health Care Quality

I have always thought that all the efforts to link payment to performance need to define first what is the unit of analysis. In my opinion, episode is the crucial one. Unfortunately there are very few settings that are measuring episodes. If performance and value is not linked to the episode, then forget about the impact, it may be anything.
A new article emphasizes the need for episodes in measuring quality, and provides a useful framework:
Episode-based measures could assess changes in health outcomes (“delta measures”), the amount of time during an episode in which a patient has suboptimal health status (“integral measures”), quality contingent upon events occurring previously (“contingent measures”), and composites of measures throughout the episode.
After reading this article somebody should do something (...) on current and available measures of quality.

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