Issues in measuring and improving health care quality.
Friedman, Maria A
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This issue of the Health Care Financing Review focuses on issues and advances in measuring and improving the quality of care,
particularly for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Discussions of quality-related topics are especially timely, given the
growing and widespread interest in improving quality in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services.
This article has several purposes. The first is to provide a brief description of some of the causes underlying the growth
of the health care quality movement; the second is to provide a contextual framework for discussion of some of the overarching
themes that emerge in this issue. These themes include examining conceptual issues, developing quality measures for specific
sites and populations, and creating or adapting data sets for quality-measurement purposes.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/nursing : Databases, Factual : Health Care Costs/trends : Health Services Research/methods
: Hemodialysis Units, Hospital/standards : Home Care Services/organization & administration/standards : Human : Managed Care
Programs/organization & administration/standards : Medicaid/standards : Medicare/standards : Nursing Homes/organization &
administration/standards : Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care) : Patient Satisfaction : Quality of Health Care/standards
: United States