The Importance Of Quality And Safety

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Quality and Safety The guiding principle of healthcare quality and safety improvement is to improve outcomes for all individuals. Quality improvement professionals use data, knowledge and tools to improve the healthcare system and outcomes (“Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality” [ARRQ], n.d.). The current focus on healthcare quality and safety was spawned by the release of the Institute of medicine’s (IOM) report “To Error is Human” in 1999. The report identified that as many as 98,000 people die each year, the same as a 747 crashing each day, from preventable medical errors in hospitals (Kohn, Corrigan, & Donaldson, 2000, p. 1). The IOM found most errors attributable to system issues not individual incompetence or maleficence (Kohn et al., 2000, p. 2). The report highlights the importance of have standardized quality data metrics in healthcare. As the father of quality improvement Dr. William Edwards Deming stated “In God we trust…and all others must bring data” (as cited in Haughom, 2014). The quality improvement process begins with the identification of a potential…show more content…
CMS is able to leverage this strength to prioritize national healthcare quality and safety initiatives. CMS has developed a value based purchasing (VBP) to improve patient outcomes in the area of safety, patient-and-caregiver-centered experience, care coordination, clinical care, population health, and efficiency (Nash et al., 2016, p. 217). It is amazing how much faster a goal can be achieved when all the stakeholders have a financial risk in the goal being achieved. The Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) developed under the Affordable Care Act seeks to assist in this process by having the hospital, physician, and others involved in patient care share responsibility for a defined population (Nash et al., 2016, p.
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