Quality improvement is central to achieving high-value care. Learn how we collaborate with all industry stakeholders to identify and bridge measurement gaps and advance patient care.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule that makes changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018, the second year of the program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
The number of CMS-approved QCDRs tied to payment grows by more than 60% in 2017.
In June 2016, Avalere in collaboration with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Support Community, Community Oncology Alliance, and Patient Advocate Foundation, and with support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, brought together a variety of healthcare stakeholders in a national Dialogue to discuss challenges and opportunities surrounding the advancement of quality in cancer care.
Avalere Vice President, Christie Teigland, PhD, was recently appointed to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s (PQA) Quality Metrics Expert Panel (QMEP) for a three-year term effective January 1, 2017.
New quality measures to address malnutrition among hospitalized older adults are now being evaluated by the National Quality Forum (NQF) for endorsement, and by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for inclusion in their Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.
Recently, Avalere partnered with the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation to better understand how home healthcare is currently being used and how it will be used in the future for older Americans and Americans with disabilities.
Avalere recently analyzed the quality measure landscape for rheumatoid arthritis.
Avalere recently analyzed the quality measure landscape for schizophrenia.
Data show gaps in care integration across provider settings following hospital discharges.
Wendy Everett, ScD, joins Avalere as a senior advisor.
Avalere Health has developed a set of malnutrition quality measures in collaboration with the Academy of Malnutrition and Dietetics. Embarking on a journey to improve care to malnourished patients, the collaboration spurred formal multi-stakeholder dialogues to be conducted.
Avalere and Mental Health America (MHA) developed a white paper to describe the current state of quality of care for individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD), provide an evidence-based assessment of challenges, and highlight potential opportunities for quality improvement.
While Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or MACRA seeks to stabilize Medicare and assure physicians a predictable stream of revenue given a schedule of expected physician payment updates, how can providers leverage MACRA to improve quality of care? Listen in as Kristi Mitchell suggests how providers can use MACRA as a springboard to develop and implement relevant quality measures to close the current measurement gaps across disease conditions and care settings.
The ACA is built on a foundation of improving the quality of care for all patients and includes a number of provisions to help consumers make decisions about where to receive their care as well as how to increase the transparency of services through value-based purchasing efforts and private sector programs. Listen in as Nelly Ganesan discusses the trend of using value-based systems in quality reporting programs which will require physicians to focus on outcomes versus processes.
In recognition of National Healthcare Quality Week, we sat down with Avalere expert Nelly Ganesan to discuss upcoming trends and developments for physician quality measurement.
Despite evidence demonstrating the benefits of optimal nutrition for healing and recovery, practice variation continues in hospitals for nutrition screening, assessment, diagnosis, and overall treatment and management of malnourished adults ages 65 and older. In response, Avalere launched the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQII) to support the delivery of high-quality care for older adults. The MQII not only aims to support the use of timely best practices for malnutrition care in the hospital setting but may also reduce costs associated with poor patient outcomes.
A new white paper from Avalere finds wide variation in how organizations develop and use clinical pathways (CPs)-multidisciplinary plans that provide specific guidance on the sequencing of care steps and the timeline of interventions. While CPs have the potential to improve quality and reduce cost, their growing use prompts a range of questions and concerns from patient advocates and healthcare providers. Specifically, Avalere's new work examines the lifecycle of a CP and explores the potential implications of growing use of these tools for payers, providers, and patients.
Avalere recently partnered with Third Way to estimate the cost savings of increasing medication adherence among Medicare beneficiaries by improving and expanding the current Part D Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program to target and address adherence issues for specific conditions.
A new Avalere assessment of the quality measures landscape shows that many important medical conditions are not fully represented in Medicare pay-for-quality programs, which limits Medicare's ability to pay for value.
Cancer is a burden to patients and the healthcare system. Last year, an estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S and the latest figures estimate that 13.4 million people, about 4 percent of the U.S. population, live with cancer in the U.S.1