Crossing the Quality Chasm: creating quality metrics for the US health system

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What can we in legal services learn from medical services, when it comes to imposing standardization and quality metrics on our work?

One medical industry report — Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, from the Institute of Medicine offers one example for us to borrow from.

This report from the committee on the Quality of Health Care in America makes an urgent call for fundamental change to close the quality gap, recommends a redesign of the American health care system, and provides overarching principles for specific direction for policymakers, health care leaders, clinicians, regulators, purchasers, and others.

It offers a set of performance expectations for the 21st century health care system, a set of 10 new rules to guide patient-clinician relationships, a suggested organizing framework to better align incentives inherent in payment and accountability with improvement in quality, and key steps to promote evidence-based practice and strengthen clinical information systems.

Analyzing health care organizations as complex systems, this report also documents the causes of the quality gap, identifies current practices that impede quality care, and explores how systems approaches can be used to implement change.


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