Evaluating Quality of Care Between Admittance and Discharge

Thursday, August 16th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Current quality measures focus on quality of care upon admittance and end of stay but tend to ignore all aspects of care during the patient’s stay, says Dr. Dale Bratzler, medical director of the Hospital Interventions Quality Improvement Organization Support Center. In an audio interview on some of the unintended consequences of pay for performance in healthcare, Dr. Bratzler identifies several areas in healthcare management where improvement may result in better transitions of care, including the patient’s discharge from the hospital. He is observing a cultural shift toward the acceptance of quality ratings at healthcare organizations from the top down, and believes that team-based training — both for medical students and full-fledged doctors and nurses — will help improve the quality of healthcare for patients. Listen to Dr. Bratzler’s comments.

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