VA Quality And Value Metrics

Posted: October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Top health care industry leaders from around the country joined for a two-day roundtable discussion about the next generation of health care quality and value metrics. One of the participants was Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. The meeting allowed leaders to compare and contrast how they use metrics to enhance quality of care and value for patients. Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president of the Institute of Medicine and former provost of Harvard University, moderated the discussion. The meeting created a dialogue across major health care systems in order to work toward two primary goals: to identify the next generation of performance metrics to assess population health, patient experience and health care value, and to explore opportunities to develop and use these new measures.
"We greatly appreciate the time, commitment and expertise of these health care leaders, who shared thoughtful and powerful insights on how to better measure quality, safety and performance," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "I believe strategic partnerships with our health care colleagues, public and private, are invaluable." Last year, VA launched its ASPIRE for Quality initiative, aimed at making data and outcome information available to the public in such areas as inpatient and ambulatory care, prevention, and chronic disease. More information on ASPIRE is available at http://www.hospitalcompare.va.gov/. [Source: VA News Release 28 Sep 2011 ++]

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