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NUR 621 Topic 5 DQ 2
The health care organizations that Americans trust with their most cherished possessions—their health and their money—must be paid for quality of performance. By paying for quality, you not only get what you pay for, but you protect quality of care in the face of Medicare price controls. The health care industry has shown repeatedly that new technologies and better ways of delivering care can be effective if they are well funded. The experience with prescription drugs has been a good example. America’s drug benefit was created to save money, which it has done handsomely. But the program is also an example of successful stimulus: As drug costs have been contained, drug companies have invested more than $90 billion in new research and development over the past seven years—an increase of more than 50 percent.
The Accreditation Forum for Accountable Health Care (AFACH), an organization with a membership of more than 70 major health care organizations and payers led by The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, announced Monday that it will begin a new initiative to pay hospitals for quality of performance.
Y es! Being paid for performance is important. It encourages companies to provide better quality services. For instance, hospitals are currently only paid for the number of tests that they do on patients instead of the results from those tests which could lead to incorrect diagnoses. New legislation will change this by providing incentives for hospitals that have better test results and fewer readmissions up to $50 million per hospital system. See for yourself:
Quality Payment Program (QPP) is the next stage in health care reform that encourages and allows health care organizations to be paid for providing high quality, safe, effective and efficient care. As the third pillar of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), it will begin on January 1, 2017. Systems like QPP are important to improve Americans’ health and lower cost of care.
One of the biggest challenges facing health care is the issue of quality – providing quality patient care when it is needed, at the point of service and for a safe, consistent and appropriate price.
Program Development in Oncology: Quality-of-Care Measurement in the National Cancer Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network We are entering a new era of health care accountability, with increasing attention directed toward health care quality  (1). The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) has developed the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program to develop and implement quality measures for protocols.
Do you think it is important for health care organizations to be paid for quality of performance? Why or why not?