How Do You Measure Up: Quality Measurement for Improving Patient Care and Establishing the Value of Infectious Diseases Specialists.

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  • 27-09-2018

Eby JC, Lane MA, Horberg M, Gentry CN, Coffin SE, Ray AJ, Sheridan KR, Bratzler DW, Wheeler D, Sarumi M, Barlam TF, Kim TJ, Rodriguez A, Nahass RG. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2019 May;68(11):1946-1951. 5106903. 10.1093/cid/ciy814.

The shift from volume-based to value-based reimbursement has created a need for quantifying clinical performance of infectious diseases (ID) physicians. Nationally recognized ID specialty-specific quality measures will allow stakeholders, such as patients and payers, to determine the value of care provided by ID physicians and will promote clinical quality improvement. Few ID-specific measures have been developed; herein, we provide an overview of the importance of quality measurement for ID, discuss issues in quality measurement specific to ID, and describe standards by which candidate quality measures can be evaluated. If ID specialists recognize the need for quality measurement, then ID specialists can direct ID-related quality improvement, quantify the impact of ID physicians on patient outcomes, compare their performance to that of peers, and convey to stakeholders the value of the specialty.

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