Developing a Framework for Measuring Value Across Episodes of Care


Unlike most current measures of health care quality, which focus on services performed by individual providers, episode-based measures assess care over longer periods and across care settings. Ideally, they encompass multiple dimensions of quality, such as clinical processes and outcomes, patient satisfaction, and resource use—all critical for defining value. The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently established a steering committee charged with identifying priorities, goals, and measure sets for assessing value over episodes of care. This project will support the steering committee's work by developing a framework to help guide the development of measures of health care efficiency at the episode level. A workshop conducted by NQF will create the framework, with guidance provided by a technical advisory panel. This work will lay the groundwork for new measure sets that more accurately reflect health system performance and are more useful to improvement efforts. In-kind cofunding will be provided by NQF.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
National Quality Forum
Principal Investigator:
Karen Adams, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2007

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