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Quality Improvement

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.

Podcast: E4 – Advancing Malnutrition Care Through De Novo Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs)

Avalere's Angel Valladares is joined by Dr. Ken Nepple in episode 4 of our maltnutrition podcast series discussing the implementation of eMeasures. Dr. Nepple is an associate professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Iowa Health System with great professional interest in nutrition care. He has led the MQii project at his facility as a measure testing site and participated in the hospital learning collaborative piloting the standardized toolkit.

Podcast: E2 – Improving Patient Outcomes by Reducing Clinical Practice Variability in Malnutrition Care

In episode 2 of our podcast series for Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM, Avalere's Michelle Bruno and Dr. Heidi Silver, research associate professor of medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Diet, Body Composition, and Human Metabolism CORE, discuss implementing a new MQii Toolkit across hospital departments at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The MQii Toolkit provides practical, interdisciplinary tools and resources to help hospitals implement malnutrition best practices across all aspect of malnutrition care (e.g., screening, assessment, diagnosis, discharge planning).

Podcast: E1 – Malnutrition Among Hospitalized Adults: An Opportunity to Improve Care and Reduce Readmissions

For Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM, Avalere will be releasing a series of podcasts focused on new tools developed by the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii)—a collaboration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Avalere Health, and other organizations dedicated to improving nutrition care. Listen to episode 1 featuring Dr. Alison Steiber, chief science officer at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dr. Beverly Hernandez, the director of clinical nutrition at Tampa General Hospital.

Podcast: Quality Measurement in the Era of MACRA

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.

Podcast: ACA Provisions Address Quality Reporting Requirements

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.

Introducing Avalere’s New Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative to Address Gaps and Barriers to Quality Care in Hospitals

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.

New Study Finds that Clinical Pathways Are Being Used to Improve Quality and Control Cost but Concerns Remain

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.

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