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It is widely acknowledged that the measurement of outcomes of care and the comparison of outcomes over time within health care providers and risk-adjusted comparisons among providers are important parts of improving quality and cost-effectiveness of care. However, few studies have assessed the...
Many physicians find hospital or health plan boards of directors to be intimidating arenas for medical quality presentations. This essay presents a number of "pearls" gleaned from successful senior clinician managers who have learned to relate to senior management and advance in their careers....
The purpose of this study was to examine mental health care experts' opinions about performance measures and associated data elements that could serve as the basis of an information system for monitoring the implementation of clinical practice guidelines for major depressive disorder (MDD) and...
Since the introduction of the Medicare Nursing Home Compare website in 1999, some states have begun to develop their own websites to help consumers compare nursing facilities (NFs). This article presents a brief conceptual framework for the type of information needed for an Internet-based...
The purpose of this research was to provide insight into the use of existing administrative data and to identify changes that could be made to improve broad-based use of administrative data. Data were collected on patients hospitalized with pneumonia at a 715 bed hospital in North Carolina in...
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