Public Health Outcomes Framework 2013 to 2016 and technical updates – Department of Health [England] – 1 May 2013

Posted on May 7, 2013. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , , |

Public Health Outcomes Framework 2013 to 2016 and technical updates – Department of Health [England] – 1 May 2013

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NHS in numbers: key charts – Nuffield Trust – April 2013

Posted on April 17, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , , |

NHS in numbers: key charts – Nuffield Trust – April 2013

“This series of interactive charts illustrates key data on health care spending, hospital activity, performance, prescribing, and NHS staffing and other resources, for England and the rest of the UK where comparable data is available.”

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Measuring What Matters: The Cost vs Values of Health Care – Ivey – International Centre for Health Innvovation – November 2012

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Economics | Tags: , |

Measuring What Matters: The Cost vs Values of Health Care – Ivey – International Centre for Health Innvovation – November 2012

Extract from the Executive Summary:

“There is a clear misalignment between what Canadians value, and how Canadian health system performance is measured and funded. Canadian values have shifted substantially in recent years, towards a preference for greater autonomy and empowerment in managing their health care and management. Canadians’ values reflect the desire for a more “personalized” health care system, one that engages every individual patient in a collaborative partnership with health providers, to make decisions that support health, wellness, and quality of life. Yet, health systems are focused on performance management in terms of costs, operational inputs, such as services delivered, or quality measures such
as medication errors, readmissions to hospital, and mortality rates. Health system effectiveness is not evaluated in terms of delivering value to Canadians.

Canadians perceive health care as one of the most fundamentally important features of our society. There have been numerous studies of Canada’s health care system, and in every work to date, the perspectives and views of Canadians have been an important frame of reference for health system renewal and reform.
This white paper builds upon the discussion of past work and considers five main questions:
1. What are Canadians’ core health values?
2. How do values differ among key stakeholders within the sector, and what do they value from their unique health perspectives?
3. Are those publicly articulated values aligned with what is funded or reimbursed?
4. Are those publicly articulated values measured and incented from a health system perspective?
5. How do Canada’s health care values and performance outcomes compare over time to comparator Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations?”

… continues

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Managing the performance of the health care system – FlagPost – 6 August 2012

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , |

Managing the performance of the health care system – FlagPost – 6 August 2012

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National Health Performance Authority – Draft Strategic Plan 2012-15: Public Consultation – 11 July 2012

Posted on July 16, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

National Health Performance Authority – Draft Strategic Plan 2012-15:  Public Consultation – 11 July 2012

“The National Health Performance Authority is a recently established agency under the National Health Reform Act 2011. We are now releasing our draft Strategic Plan for consultation, so that Australians can have their say on the proposed mission, values and objectives of the Performance Authority.

The Performance Authority’s draft Strategic Plan 2012-15 outlines the proposed strategic direction the organisation will take in performing its duties of providing independent monitoring and performance reporting of health care organisations.

The role of the Performance Authority is to develop high quality, locally relevant and nationally consistent reports on the performance of local hospital networks, public hospitals, private hospitals and primary health care organisations. This transparent public reporting across a range of performance indicators will stimulate and inform improvements in the Australian health system, increase transparency and accountability and inform consumers.

By making a submission, you will have the opportunity for your views to be considered in the development of the Strategic Plan. “

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ACT Auditor General’s report on Emergency Department Performance Information – July 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Emergency Medicine | Tags: , |

ACT Auditor General’s report on Emergency Department Performance Information – July 2012

“This report presents the results of a performance audit that examined the circumstances associated with the alleged manipulation and misreporting of Emergency Department performance information at the Canberra Hospital.”

Media Release

ABC News Report – More than one fudged hospital data: audits

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Measuring Health System Progress in Reducing Mortality from Noncommunicable Diseases – RAND – May 2012

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: , , , , |

Measuring Health System Progress in Reducing Mortality from Noncommunicable Diseases – RAND – May 2012

by   Soeren Mattke, Jack C. Chow

“Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) place a heavy burden on developing countries, whose relatively recent adoption of Western-style health behaviors and lifestyle choices has led to increased prevalence of risk factors for NCDs over the past decade. NCDs are compounding the burden of infectious disease on health systems in those countries. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched several risk reduction initiatives. WHO is drafting a monitoring framework and voluntary targets as the basis for a consultation process with member states. However, the indicators and targets that a global consultation process will produce will inevitably provide high-level, aggregated information, such as progress toward reducing premature NCD mortality. Regional and national decisionmakers and planners, on the other hand, will need more proximal and granular information to track progress toward high-level goals and will be constrained by the resources and demands in their respective jurisdictions. The relative importance of different risk factors and manifest NCDs differs across countries, and so do health systems’ capabilities and resources. Thus, national and regional decisionmakers will need: (1) a comprehensive set of indicators to guide on-the-ground prioritization decisions and track progress toward high-level targets and (2) actionable data to predict the impact of changes in proximal indicators on high-level targets. As a first step, this occasional paper outlines a roadmap toward a comprehensive system for national and regional decisionmakers to (1) track progress toward the key WHO goal of reducing NCD mortality by 25 percent by 2025 and (2) prioritize resources and interventions to achieve that goal.”

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The Health System Measurement Project [Website] – US Department of Health and Human Services

Posted on May 16, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

The Health System Measurement Project [Website] – US Department of Health and Human Services

About the Project

The Health System Measurement Project brings together trend data on a limited set of key health system measures from multiple data sources to provide a picture of the status of the U.S. health system.

The Project focuses on ten critical dimensions of our health care system covering the availability, quality, and cost of care, the overall health of Americans, and the dynamism of the system. The Project examines the evolution of these aspects of our system over time. It also assesses the status of these dimensions of the system with respect to subgroups of the population, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has developed the Health System Measurement Project to ensure a robust monitoring system through which people inside and outside government can assess how the system is doing and identify areas that need improvement. One important purpose of the Project is to track the consequences of implementation of The Affordable Care Act across this broad set of dimensions of the health system.
About the Topical Areas

The measures are divided into the following ten topical areas:

Access to Care
Cost and Affordability
Coverage
Health Information Technology
Innovation
Population Health
Prevention
Quality
Vulnerable Populations
Workforce”

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Measuring and reporting on health system performance in Canada: Opportunities for improvement – Health Council of Canada – May 2012

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

Measuring and reporting on health system performance in Canada: Opportunities for improvement – Health Council of Canada – May 2012

“The paper highlights the need for governments to set clear policy goals with both measurable health outcomes and supporting health indicators in order to hold health system leaders accountable for performance. The paper provides recommendations to governments, at the same time highlighting innovative practices across Canada and in the United Kingdom and Australia that can provide a way forward.”

Press Release: Improved performance reporting can lead to better accountability, says Health Council

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Health system performance comparison: an agenda for policy, information and research – WHO on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 2012

Posted on May 3, 2012. Filed under: Health Policy | Tags: , , , |

Health system performance comparison: an agenda for policy, information and research – WHO on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 2012

by Peter C. Smith, Irene Papanicolas

“Policy issue
• International health system performance comparisons have the potential to provide a rich source of evidence as well as policy influence.
• Country comparisons that are not conducted with properly validated measures and unbiased policy interpretations may prompt adverse policy impacts and so caution is required in the selection of indicators, the methodologies used, and the interpretations made.”

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Canadian Hospital Reporting Project (CHRP) – Canadian Institute for Health Information

Posted on April 5, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , , |

Canadian Hospital Reporting Project (CHRP) – Canadian Institute for Health Information

“The Canadian Hospital Reporting Project (CHRP) is a national quality improvement initiative from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). CHRP’s web-based, interactive tool gives hospital decision-makers, policy-makers and Canadians access to indicator results for more than 600 facilities from every province and territory in Canada.

CIHI selected 21 clinical and 9 financial indicators for CHRP, based on their relevance to performance measurement and quality improvement. The selected indicators measure:

Clinical effectiveness;
Patient safety;
Appropriateness of care;
Accessibility; and
Financial performance.

These indicators were chosen after reviewing existing hospital performance indicators and collaborating with experts in the field. The goal of CHRP is to foster quality improvement, learning and action.”

… continues on the site

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AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals [US] – March 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , , |

AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals [US] – March 2012

“AHRQ QI Toolkit: How to Improve Hospital Quality and Safety.
Improving Performance on the AHRQ Quality Indicators

This toolkit is designed to help your hospital understand the Quality Indicators (QIs) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and support your use of them to successfully improve quality and patient safety in your hospital. The toolkit is a general guide to using improvement methods, with a particular focus on the QIs. It focuses on the 17 Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) and the 28 Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs).”

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An Evaluation of the Use of Performance Measures in Health Care – RAND Health Quarterly – 2012

Posted on March 13, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , |

An Evaluation of the Use of Performance Measures in Health Care – RAND Health Quarterly – 2012

by Cheryl L. Damberg et al

Abstract
“The National Quality Forum (NQF), a private, nonprofit membership organization committed to improving health care quality performance measurement and reporting, was awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a portfolio of quality and efficiency measures. The portfolio of measures would allow the federal government to examine how and whether health care spending is achieving the best results for patients and taxpayers. As part of the scope of work under the HHS contract, NQF was required to conduct an independent evaluation of the uses of NQF-endorsed measures for the purposes of accountability (e.g., public reporting, payment, accreditation, certification) and quality improvement. In September 2010, NQF entered into a contract with the RAND Corporation for RAND to serve as the independent evaluator. This article presents the results of the evaluation study. It describes how performance measures are being used by a wide array of organizations and the types of measures being used for different purposes, summarizes key barriers and facilitators to the use of measures, and identifies opportunities for easing the use of performance measures moving forward.”

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An Evaluation of the Use of Performance Measures in Health Care – RAND Health Technical Report – 2011

Posted on December 12, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , , , |

An Evaluation of the Use of Performance Measures in Health Care – RAND Health Technical Report – 2011

“NQF [National Quality Forum] engaged the RAND Corporation to conduct an independent examination of the use of performance measures, with particular interest in the use of NQF-endorsed measures. The goal was to better understand
• the current state of performance measure use across the broad spectrum of end-user types
• areas in which gaps in measures exist that hinder the end users’ ability to apply measures to support the achievement of their desired goals
• how the larger measurement enterprise (i.e., measure developers, measure endorsers, foundations and government agencies that support measure development and implementation) might better support the use of performance measures.”

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