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Improving the Quality of Pain Management Through Measurement and Action

Why is pain so poorly managed and undertreated, despite advances in treatment options? In this monograph, the authors address underlying causes and the application of continuous quality improvement techniques to pain management and the implementation of performance measurement processes. The use of a multidisciplinary systems point of view is described and the Cycle for Improving Performance, a structured approach to improvement activities, is outlined. Factors that influence an organization's ability to implement change and improve performance are also discussed. In addition, the real-world experience of four organizations in improving pain management is described. The examples provided encompass diverse settings and experiences and suggest strategies for overcoming obstacles to pain management improvement initiatives. This monograph is written for clinicians, pain management teams, quality improvement professionals, and researchers.

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E.V.I.dently December 2014

NPC MessageHave a Great Research Idea? We Might Have a Grant for That.When we hear from a wide range of health care stakeholders, it provides us with...
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Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management

(Washington, DC, December 4, 2014)—A case study published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy explores...
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E.V.I.dently November 2014

NPC MessageMind the Gap (and Engage Patients in the Quality Measure Conversation)When it comes to quality measures, we don’t often talk about them in...
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#TBT: Health Care Quality Has Long Been an Important Issue

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
Press Release

Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management

(Washington, DC, December 4, 2014)—A case study published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy explores...
Press Release

National Pharmaceutical Council, Discern Health Examine Accountable Care Measures for Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment

Washington, DC (October 28, 2014)— Measuring the quality and cost of health care is an integral part of accountable care, but new research from the...
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Fellowship in Health Care Policy Available Through a Partnership of the National Pharmaceutical Council and Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University

WASHINGTON, DC (September 17, 2014)–The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), in conjunction with Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken...
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CER Collaborative Improving Health Outcomes Through New Comparative Evidence Tools

(Washington, DC, March 24, 2014)—Three peer-reviewed articles published in Value in Health offer important guidance to aid formulary decision-makers...
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Framework Helps ACOs Leverage Pharmaceuticals to Realize Quality, Cost Goals

Medications are more than an item on the balance sheet for health care providers. Pharmaceuticals offer a route to manage costs while achieving...
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Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Changing Health Care Landscape

This content appeared in the January 2, 2012 print edition of Chain Drug Review. In the span of just one year, the health care landscape has...
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CER: Who Can Say What, and When Can They Say It?

With billions of dollars in comparative effectiveness research (CER) set for completion in coming years, there will be broader discussions about the...
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Linking Chronic Conditions to Medication Adherence and Productivity

It's no secret that chronic disease is the major driver of health care costs in the United States, accounting for two-thirds of the rise in health...
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Why are quality measures important? We asked health care thought leaders to tell us why.

Quality measurement, tied to financial incentives, is one of many approaches accountable care programs are using to promote system-wide improvement....
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Using Real-World Evidence to Increase Health Care Access, Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

Mitchell Sugarman, vice president of health economics, policy and payment at Medtronic Cardiac and Vascular Group, explains that health care decision...
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IMEDS: Sentinel and OMOP Programs

Jane Reese-Coulbourne, MS, ChE, executive director of the Reagan-Udall Foundation, talks about the Food and Drug Administration's Sentinel Initiative...
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Big Data: Its Evolving Use and Challenges

William Crown, PhD, chief scientific officer at Optum Labs, discusses how the use and nature of big data in health care has been evolving in recent...
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#TBT: Health Care Quality Has Long Been an Important Issue

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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#TBT: Then & Now: Exhibitor Appreciation Week

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

Earlier this week, National Pharmaceutical Council Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, spoke at the Bundled Payments Summit in...
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NPC’s Westrich @ DIA 50th Annual Meeting: Exploring the CER Environment

The National Pharmaceutical Council’s (NPC) fourth annual health care stakeholder survey, which sheds light on the current environment for...

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Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment

This research sheds light on gaps in quality measurement and missed opportunities to promote...
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