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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 July 2015

NPC MessageWho Can Say What, and When? Could We See Changes in Biopharmaceutical Communications?It’s possible that 2015 could be the year that we see...
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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...
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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...
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E.V.I.dently June 2015

NPC MessageDriving Health System Value Through Broader Access to DataFrom Fitbits to insurance claims databases, we capture an enormous amount of...
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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)...
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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)...
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Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management

Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2014)—A case study published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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Quality Measures: In Theory & In Practice

Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, president and CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, explains, in theory, quality measures are important because they...
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Challenges in Quality Measurement & Potential Solutions

Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, president and CEO, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, lists the current challenges involved in quality measurement (e.g...
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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...
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NPC Comments on ASCO Value Framework

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on Monday released a conceptual framework--“A Framework to Assess the Value of Cancer Treatment...
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Video Blog: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s Dr. Sennett on Quality Measures

It’s common practice for consumers to read reviews before purchasing a product or hiring a service provider. Consumers want to know how their peers...
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Incorporating the Patient’s Voice and Experience in the Development of Quality Measures

It’s important to include the patient’s voice and experience in the development of quality measures, said National Health Council CEO Marc Boutin,...

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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