Quality Improvement: Practical Solutions for Improving Patient Care

Have you ever asked yourself:

  • Am I delivering the very best care to each of my patients?
  • Do I have the data I need to know when I’m successful?
  • Can I improve my delivery process to generate the outcomes I seek?

Congratulations! You’re on the path to quality improvement (QI), which seeks to answer these questions by focusing on the processes of health care delivery ‒ one at a time.[i]

Why should school-based health (SBH) embrace QI?

Although the health care industry was one of the last industries to embrace quality improvement, it’s moving rapidly to catch up. Health care payers are demanding new payment models that reward value, not volume, and outcomes instead of process measures. New payment models can improve the patient experience; generate better health for the population; and reduce overall costs. QI is a critical tool to document provider value.

What does QI make possible?

QI can help you:

  • make progress towards patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition,
  • improve patient satisfaction and outcomes,
  • enhance reimbursement,
  • reduce costs,
  • demonstrate a commitment to quality, and
  • better understand the relationship between the processes of care and the outcomes you seek.

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[i] Haughom J, Five Deming Principles That Help Healthcare Process Improvement. Health Catalyst Web Site. https://www.healthcatalyst.com/5-Deming-Principles-For-Healthcare-Process-Improvement.  Updated 2016.

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