Performance Measurement in the Hospital Outpatient Setting. Discussions with Medical Specialty Societies and Hospital Associations


Between April and June 2007, RAND held telephone discussions with nine medical specialty societies and four hospital associations to determine whether these organizations had existing measures, measures in the pipeline, or knew about measures being developed by other organizations that could be used to assess performance in the hospital outpatient setting as well as potential challenges associated with performance measurement in this setting. To focus the conversation with medical specialty societies, RAND provided each discussant with background information on the most frequent conditions and services that members of the given specialty provide to Medicare patients in the outpatient setting. RAND also provided discussants with background information on measures identified through its web searches that might be applicable to the care delivered by the given specialty in the hospital outpatient setting. Appendix B contains the list of the organizations with which RAND held discussions.

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