Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century
-- In 2001, the Institutes of Medicine published this report, which described the current gaps in care and put forth six aims for improving America’s health care system, namely that health care should be safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered.
Pay for Performance
-- The AAFP encourages family physicians to improve continuously the quality of care they provide through ongoing documentation and analysis of patient data and feedback. Yet most commonly used physician payment options, notably visit-based fee for service, do not support, and at times inhibit, the accomplishment of these goals.
-- A patient safety study by the AAFP revealed that 86 percent of the reported errors in a family physician's office setting were process errors. Learn more about what the AAFP and other organizations are doing to improve patient safety.
Electronic Health Records
-- The reason some physicians find it challenging to evaluate their quality of care is because they use paper medical charts. An Electronic Health Record (EHR) can help them easily and accurately evaluate the quality of care they provide.
Quality Improvement Tips for Patients
-- Taking an active role in your health can help you get the best care possible. One way to do this is to improve your relationship with your doctor. The following are some tips to help you and your doctor improve your health care together.