January 14, 2013
Quality Improvement Report
Quality Improvement (QI) is an organizational approach leading to the quality of patient care and patient services through use of specific guidelines, principles, and methods to ensure quality of care for every patient and health care facility throughout the world. Quality outcomes focus on the principles of quality management. These measurements investigate the quality of care, patient outcomes and consumer needs, through being part of the participant group. This quality improvement discussion will review the foundational frameworks of QI and explanation of each framework in detail. Included in this QI report will be an explanation of the differences in stakeholder definitions of quality will be identified. Also the explanation of the role of various clinicians and patients in QI will be reviewed. In addition, an explanation of why quality management is needed in the health care industry highlighted. Explaining what areas must be monitored to ensure quality improvement standards addressed. Furthermore, identifying roles of the various accrediting and regulatory organizations will be evaluated. Finally, this QI report will identify helpful resources and organizations that affect QI and outcomes. Explain the Foundational Frameworks of QI
Continued success of an organization is dependent upon the foundation strength on how the organization is built upon systems, process, tools and types of methods used by the organization to achieve benchmark standards (Ransom, Joshi, Nash, & Ransom, 2008). Strength and principles of a standard or product is defined by the sustainability of the product, concept, or belief. Frameworks consist of multiple dimensions of performance, organization factors and relationships. In addition, a framework is built upon current frameworks or different approaches developed to achieve successful quality improvement and optimize the process of QI. The goal of quality improvement is to prevent errors and blame through ultimately determining ways to make things better.
The development of the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle has been a framework used by many organizations as basis to introduce planning and directly influencing performance improvement. The majority of the original performance improvement models are based on this quality improvement model (Ransom et al., 2008). A framework includes multiple dimensions of performance, organizational factors, and relationships. There are many frameworks that are built upon other frameworks or how to approach an idea of quality improvement. Differences in Stakeholders Definition of Quality
Stakeholders in health care are a variety of different types of stakeholders. Board of directors as mentioned previously view the sustainability of a company to the needs of the community. Health care providers’ view of excellent health care focuses on the diagnosis of the patient and appropriate treatment and outcome (“Patient safety-quality improvement,” n.d.). Payers are also an important piece of the puzzle in relation to the importance of being a stakeholder. Payers are stakeholders who want members of the health care organization to follow evidence –based diagnoses and plan of care the most efficient and cost effective way possible limiting the amount of treatment and testing. Employers idea of quality involves wanting to follow the lowest cost possible. Employers want employers to seek care and follow instruction and remain healthy. In addition, employers want to focus on preventative care to keep cost of insurance low (“Patient-safety quality improvement,”n.d.). Role of various clinicians and patients in QI
The role of the clinician is essential in the success of quality improvement. According to Shojania & Levinson (2009) the role of the clinician must meet the standards of care and accredidation. Each clinician must maintain...