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Read the Krasnoff Blog at Krasnoff Quality Management Institute. KQMI is a leader in health care quality improvement. The Krasnoff Institute is pleased to offer the Krasnoff Blog, where Dr. Dlugacz and other KQMI professionals have a voice in addressing policies, reforms and issues currently affecting healthcare organizations and the patients they treat.

Are Computers Better Than Physicians at Treating Patients?

Hundreds of thousands of medical studies are published yearly. It seems unreasonable to think that even the most dedicated physician could keep up with the growing evidence, new studies and innovations. In a single field, like cancer, about 150,000 studies are published annually. People simply cannot take in that much information. Machines, on the other… Read more »

Do Scorecards Work?

Do report cards of publicly reported data provide the public with the information they need? Theoretically transparency is a good thing. Practically maybe not so much. A recent perspective article in The New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2015;373:1385-1388) suggests that the downside to scorecards, especially a newly released “surgeon scorecard” is… Read more »

Process or Outcomes Measures – Does It Matter?

Measures are critical for evaluating quality. A recent viewpoint article in JAMA, “Facilitating Quality Improvement: Pushing the Pendulum Back Toward Process Measures,” written by Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD (2015;314(13):1333-1334), is critical of the of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy shift to use outcomes measures rather than process measures to drive quality improvement… Read more »

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