Outcomes improvement can’t happen without effective outcomes measurement. Given the healthcare industry’s administrative and regulatory complexities, and the fact that health systems measure and report on hundreds of outcomes annually, this blog adds much-needed clarity by reviewing the top seven outcome measures, including definitions, important nuances, and real-life examples:
Safety of care
Effectiveness of care
Timeliness of care
Efficient use of medical imaging
CMS used these exact seven outcome measures to calculate overall hospital quality and arrive at its 2016 hospital star ratings.
This blog also reiterates the importance of outcomes measurement, clarifies how outcome measures are defined and prioritized, and recommends three essentials for successful outcomes measurement: