Cornell Chronicle writes: A 2015 survey that assesses the quality of patient care is more comprehensive than earlier iterations, but there is still room for improvement, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine. The broader survey, featuring assessments among many specialties, could provide a more thorough evaluation of the quality of health care for Americans. In their study, published May 19 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the researchers compared the 2011 and 2015 surveys – including 198 and 254 individual measures, respectively – to discern which quality measures they emphasize and how the two versions differ. The study found the 2015 survey expanded the reporting categories from the 2011 iteration to include in-demand specialties, such as surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, and increased focus on chronic conditions – inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia among them. The investigators said these new measures establish a more effective benchmark the CMS can use to evaluate the physicians’ performance in delivering quality care.
- Cornell Chronicle: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/05/researchers-evaluate-physician-quality-reporting-system
- Full study available in the Journal of General Internal Medicine