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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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NQF’s Annual Conference Drives Conversation Around Quality Measures, Value-Based Care

As the health care system moves toward one emphasizing the value of care over the volume of care, quality measures play a key role in this shift to...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Leading Researchers Outline Principles for Conduct of Comparative Effectiveness Research

WASHINGTON, DC (September 11, 2012)—A new set of principles developed by a group of leading researchers could help to ensure more consistency in how...
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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
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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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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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Proposed ACO Rules Raising More Questions Than Answers

This month, Washington, DC, has been buzzing about “ACOs” – accountable care organizations – now that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
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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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NQF’s Annual Conference Drives Conversation Around Quality Measures, Value-Based Care

As the health care system moves toward one emphasizing the value of care over the volume of care, quality measures play a key role in this shift to...
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...
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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...

Solutions for Filling Gaps in Accountable Care Measure Sets

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

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...

Health and Productivity as a Business Strategy: A Multiemployer Study

This study found that health-related productivity costs significantly exceed medical and pharmacy...
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