Healthcare Industry Champions Adoption of Effective Performance Metrics

By URAC Staff on Nov 21, 2017 5:32:49 PM

 

The healthcare community is strongly supportive of performance measures to further improve care quality, but remains wary because they want to be tracked in a “fair and transparent way by measures that provide useful information for consumers and for quality improvement,” Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN, and URAC’s vice president of quality, research, & measurement, told attendees of a recent webinar, “The Politics of Performance Measurement.”

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What Role Will Measures and Accreditation Play in Ensuring Quality Telehealth Care?

By URAC Staff on Oct 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Robust measurement and accreditation programs are key components of a successful telehealth program, leading experts say.

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Why Accreditation Must Evolve to Determine Accountability and Quality in Healthcare

By Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN on Aug 30, 2017 8:54:48 AM

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Healthcare is no exception. Quality and accountability are two buzzwords that began in the latter half of the 2000s and intensified with the passage of the Accountable Care Act in 2010.

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Patient-Centered Care Requires Patient-Centered Outcomes Measures

By Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN on Jun 6, 2017 2:07:06 PM

The drive toward value-based care is requiring the healthcare industry to make a 180-degree turn from where we were just a few years ago. We’re moving away from a system focused on treating sickness to one that strives for wellness; from encouraging volume to demanding value; from filling beds to penalizing readmissions; and finally, from a system centered on the provider to one that rightfully revolves around the patient.

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Addressing Healthcare Quality Ranking Flaws: 5 Steps for Moving Forward

By URAC Staff on Dec 21, 2016 5:44:30 PM

Healthcare ranking systems intended to measure quality of care can garner mixed reviews among providers. While many critics point to flaws in how such systems are structured, organizations like URAC are focusing on approaches to quality measurement that may be more reflective of provider performance. 

 “Ranking systems are heavily weighted toward process measures,” says Marybeth Farquhar, URAC’s Vice President of Quality, Research and Measurement. “Many of the measures that contribute to a ranking are basically indicating that a task has been completed, rather than looking at patient outcomes that resulted from that task.”

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