About QASC

The Quality Alliance Steering Committee, a collaborative effort among a variety of key stakeholders, is working to make consistent and useful information about the quality and cost of health care widely available. The High-Value Health Care Project is a QASC initiative developed to support this goal.

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Strategies for Eliminating Health Disparities

Strategies for Eliminating Health Disparities

The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform recently hosted a national conference to begin addressing health care quality issues faced by vulnerable populations.

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Long-Term Quality Alliance

Long-Term Quality Alliance

Learn about the newest organization dedicated to improving quality measurement and reporting.

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Achieving Better Chronic Care at Lower Costs

Achieving Better Chronic Care at Lower Costs

The Engelberg Center for Health Care Refom recently hosted a forum on improving care for older Americans across a range of institutional and community-based settings.

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Developing the Infrastructure for Meaningful Quality Measurement and Reporting

Developing the Infrastructure for Meaningful Quality Measurement and Reporting

Watch the webcast of this Capitol Hill briefing on the importance of measuring and reporting health care quality, particularly as a key component of health care reform.

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Health IT and Health Reform

A recent forum addressed the effective implementation of the stimulus funds dedicated to driving “meaningful use”

A recent Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings forum addressed the effective implementation of stimulus funds dedicated to driving “meaningful use” of health IT.

A Promising Strategy for Episode-Based Measurement

The cost of health care can vary significantly for a number of reasons – such as variations in spending by region or provider, and also the severity of the condition or the patient's treatment preferences. All of these factors can make it difficult not only to measure the costs of health care services, but also to understand the relationship between spending and clinical quality and outcomes. A new issue brief provides information on a new effort to develop a "starter set" of cost-of-care measures, built on lessons from previous efforts to measure the costs of care. Read More  

How Registries Can Help Performance Measurement Improve Care

Patient registries – databases of clinical information critical to evaluating care processes and outcomes – can play a critical role in measuring quality and cost of health care, yet they are often limited by shortcomings in design and function. A new white paper describes solutions for leveraging both administrative and registry data to make additional performance results available, as well as further increase registry use for performance measurement and other purposes. Read More

 

Getting to High-Value Health Care

Major gaps exist between the health care that people should receive and the care they actually receive. The High-Value Health Care Project, an initiative of the QASC, is working to make sure consistent information becomes widely available to consumers, providers, and public and private payers of health care. Read More