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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 January 2016

MessageThe Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016In his annual health care outlook, NPC President Dan Leonard explains why...
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The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
Blog Post

Standards and Subgroups: Why it’s Important to Account for Differences Across Patient Groups When Developing Quality Measures

There is a growing call to action across our nation’s health care system: increase the quality and value of care, improve patient outcomes, and...
Blog Post

Using the GRADE Process to Improve Patient Care: A Practical Experience

While grading schemes have been around and readily used by health care professionals for more than 30 years, evaluations of health care evidence and...
Press Release

Study Offers Solutions for Filling Gaps in Accountable Care Measure Sets

(Washington, DC, October 13, 2015)—Measurement in accountable care programs is essential for promoting quality improvement and balancing financial...
Press Release

Fit for Purpose? New NPC, AcademyHealth Framework Closes Gaps Between Payer Needs and Research Answers

(Washington, DC, September 21, 2015)—Despite multi-million dollar public and private investments to tap into big data and improve the evidence...
Press Release

NPC Comments on CMS’ Announcement to Allow Broader Access to Publicly Funded Databases

(Washington, DC, June 2, 2015)—The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today commented on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS)...
Press Release

NPC Highlights Stakeholder Views on Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

(Washington, DC, March 26, 2015)—A new survey of health care stakeholders reveals continued optimism that comparative effectiveness research (CER)...
Commentary and Testimony Page

The Importance of Evidence, Value, Access and Innovation in 2016

Last year, in our 2015 Health Care Outlook published in Chain Drug Review, I highlighted the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and...
Commentary and Testimony Page

Chain Drug Review – Commentary: “Health Care Outlook for 2015”

This commentary was originally published in the January 5, 2015 issue of Chain Drug Review.By: Dan Leonard, President, National Pharmaceutical...
Commentary and Testimony Page

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...
Commentary and Testimony Page

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...
YouTube Videos

When Is Evidence Fit for Purpose? Closing Gaps Between Researchers, Payers

Despite multi-million dollar public and private investments to tap into big data and improve the evidence available for health care decision-making,...
YouTube Videos

NPCNow Podcast: Dr. Mark McClellan on Quality Measures & Engaging Patients

In this NPCNow podcast, Dr. Mark McClellan, director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative, Brookings Institution, discusses ways to address...
YouTube Videos

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, president and CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, explains that metrics are necessary to provide guidance to...
YouTube Videos

Quality Measures Benefit Patients in More Ways Than One

Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, president and CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, explains that quality measures are important to patients not only...
Blog Post

Standards and Subgroups: Why it’s Important to Account for Differences Across Patient Groups When Developing Quality Measures

There is a growing call to action across our nation’s health care system: increase the quality and value of care, improve patient outcomes, and...
Blog Post

Using the GRADE Process to Improve Patient Care: A Practical Experience

While grading schemes have been around and readily used by health care professionals for more than 30 years, evaluations of health care evidence and...
Blog Post

From Simple Process to Outcome Measures—Transforming Our Health Care Focus to Improve Patient Health

When it comes down to it—according to Dr. Joel V. Brill, medical director at FAIR Health, Inc.—the question at the heart of our health care system’s...
Blog Post

The Shift to Value-Based Care: Balancing Quality Improvement with Patient Access

Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift throughout our health care system to move to a delivery and payment model known as value-...

Solutions for Filling Gaps in Accountable Care Measure Sets

This peer-reviewed study, “Solutions for Filling Gaps in Accountable Care Measure Sets,” explores...

Developing Evidence that is Fit for Purpose: A Framework for Payer and Research Dialogue

A study published in the September 2015 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care introduces a...

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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