How Technology Can Improve Physician Performance Measurement

It would seem logical that newly-minted physicians entering the medical workplace would expect that some level of performance monitoring would apply. However, this complex and ever-changing world of hospital and physician performance measurement often makes the young medical practitioner apprehensive and questioning.

Are such measurements in the context of pay-for-performance (or non-performance), or in a quality improvement and educational context? How are physicians being measured? And is the data that is being used for measurement trustworthy? Let’s examine some of the issues surrounding physician performance measurement and how technology can help create a more trustworthy measurement environment.


Physician Performance Measurement: 8 Things You Need to Know

physician-performance-measurementLast week, I attended the Best Practices in Value-Based Care Conference in Dallas. This conference provided some key insights into how healthcare providers are navigating the move from volume-based to value-based care. It’s evident from the sessions and the discussions between attendees that the shift is certainly not an easy one.

In order to successfully navigate the road to value-based care, healthcare organizations must focus on achieving better patient outcomes. Many strategies that providers have employed have the physician at their core. This includes aligning physicians and hospitals across the continuum of care, utilizing evidence based practices to improve quality and patient safety, and improving efficiency.

Measuring and evaluating physician performance will be critical for assessing provider progress. It will also be important to identify major opportunities for quality and cost improvement. However, not all physician performance measurement solutions are created equal. (more…)

How to Get Physicians On Board with Performance Measurement

performance measurementSpiraling healthcare costs and an expanding emphasis on outcomes are shining a spotlight on the physician, who directly influences almost two-thirds of costs incurred in a patient’s hospital care. Aligning physician behavior with a hospital’s performance goals is crucial to both improve care quality and control costs.

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Critical to the success of any physician performance measurement solution is the need to get physician buy-in. Without the support of physicians, you likely won’t be able to achieve your desired results. In this article, we’ll examine how to build physician support for performance measurement. (more…)

Do You Know Your Physicians’ Practice Patterns?

We’ve written a lot about the importance of physician performance measurement, and of course, it’s a big focus for us since we have an application devoted to physician scorecards.

Why is there such a big focus on measuring physician performance? First of all, the Joint Commission’s Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) requires hospitals to measure physician performance for granting practice privileges.

Secondly, we know that physicians are the key to improving hospital quality and safety and lowering costs. Any initiatives to drive quality and efficiency improvements within your physician ranks can lead not only to better financial performance, but also just as importantly, better patient care.

Here are some compelling facts: (more…)