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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 March 2015

NPC MessageCER and the Environment for Health Care Decision-MakingIs comparative effectiveness research (CER) having an impact on health care...
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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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NPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Robert Dubois @ Pay-For-Performance Summit

National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, will present “Paying for Quality: How to Promote Optimal Use...
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Mind the Gap: Improving Quality Measurement in Accountable Care Systems

The National Pharmaceutical Council's (NPC) webinar, Mind the Gap: Improving Quality Measurement in Accountable Care Systems, was moderated by...
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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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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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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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Mind the Gap: Improving Quality Measurement in Accountable Care Systems

The National Pharmaceutical Council's (NPC) webinar, Mind the Gap: Improving Quality Measurement in Accountable Care Systems, was moderated by...
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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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Patient-Centered Clinical Research Networks: The Patients' Role

Sarah Daugherty, PhD, MPH, senior program officer, CER methods and infrastructure at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...
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NPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Robert Dubois @ Pay-For-Performance Summit

National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, will present “Paying for Quality: How to Promote Optimal Use...
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#TBT: Gaps in Quality Measurement & ACOs’ Effectiveness

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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Minding the Gaps in Quality Measurement: A Conversation With Discern Health’s Dr. Tom Valuck

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in January that its target is to have “30% of Medicare payments tied to quality or...
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NPCNow Podcast Features a Conversation With CMS’ Goodrich on Quality Measures

In this NPCNow podcast, NPC spoke with Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, director, Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group, Centers for Medicare and...

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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