What is a Quality Measure
What is a Quality Measure?
Quality measures are standards for measuring the performance of healthcare providers to care for patients and populations. Quality measures can identify important aspects of care like safety, effectiveness, timeliness, and fairness.
What do they measure?
Each quality measure focuses on a different aspect of healthcare delivery, and together quality measures and quality measurement provide a more comprehensive picture of the quality of healthcare. Quality measures address many parts of healthcare, including:
- Health outcomes
- Clinical processes
- Patient safety
- Efficient use of healthcare resources
- Care coordination
- Patient engagement in their own care
- Patient perceptions of their care
- Population and public health
What are the parts of a quality measure?
A quality measure is made up of several parts:
- A title and description of what the measure is.
- Numerator (also called the measure focus): describes the target process, condition, event, or outcome expected for the targeted population.
- Denominator: defines the population being measured. It could be the whole population or a subset.
- Denominator exclusion: identifies members of this population who should not be included in the measure population (or the denominator).
Note: Some measures also have numerator exclusions and/or denominator exceptions, as well as other components.
For more information, read the Measure Specification chapter of the Blueprint (PDF).
|Description||Percentage of patients 18-85 years of age who had a diagnosis of high blood pressure and whose blood pressure (BP) was adequately controlled (< 140/90 mmHg) during the measurement period.|
|Numerator||Patients whose most recent blood pressure is adequately controlled (systolic blood pressure < 140 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg) during the measurement period.|
|Denominator||Patients 18-85 years of age who had a visit and a diagnosis of high blood pressure.|
Do not include the following patients: