Articles  |   October 2015
A Case Study From the Anesthesia Quality Institute
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  • Stephanie R. Sibal, MSN, RN, HACP
    Committee on AQI Practice Quality Improvement
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Education / CPD / Patient Safety / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   October 2015
A Case Study From the Anesthesia Quality Institute
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 40-41.
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 40-41.
Collection of data is all well and good, but improvement in patient outcomes requires the ability to turn information into action. The AQI Practice Quality Improvement Committee (PQIC) will collect and present examples of this principle so that all of us can learn from those who are doing it well. Learn more about quality improvement at www.aqihq.org/quality.aspx.
With the rapid shift in medicine toward value-based care and patient-centered outcomes, physician leadership at all levels of an anesthesia practice has never been more important. Paired with new performance reporting requirements for quality measures, anesthesia practices are facing a perfect storm of threats to traditional payment models. Providers can face negative reimbursement penalties ranging from 2-4 percent for non-compliance with reporting of quality measures. It is imperative to have buy-in to quality initiatives from every provider within your practice, whether you are in a large academic institution, are contract providers within a health system, or work in a small private practice. For the majority of anesthesia providers, the quest to continually improve patient outcomes is nothing new. Physicians have the clinical skills to constantly examine and evolve their individual patient care, but may lack the “softer” skills necessary to move a practice toward achieving better health, better care and lower costs, the “Triple Aim” advocated by Dr. Donald Berwick as the leader of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (Angood P. and Birk S, 2014).
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