Science & Education
National agencies and professional societies have created a number of useful references to help you meet quality performance standards.
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR): Clinical Practice Guidelines and Quick Reference Guides for Physicians
National Guideline Clearinghouse
American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society: Neuroimaging of the Neonate (endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Pediatric Neurology and the Society for Pediatric Radiology)
American College of Medical Physics: Interim Standards
American Medical Association (AMA)
British Columbia (BC) Cancer Agency: Cancer Management Guidelines
CMA Online (Canadian Medical Association): Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Infobase (in English and French)
Dansk RadiologiskSelskab (Danish Society of Radiology): European Guidelines on Quality Criteria for Computed Tomography
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Guide to Clinical Preventive Services
IBUS Guidelines for the Ultrasonic Examination of the Breast
Radiological Society of South Africa: Guidelines for CT and MR Examinations
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Practice Resources provides links to various clinical guidelines and measures for use in providing evidence-based practice and in designing systems to support quality care.
American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria® has published guidelines to assist referring physicians and other healthcare providers in making the most appropriate imaging decision. These criteria may also be used to monitor imaging that is appropriate when ordered.
American College of Radiology (ACR) Guidelines and Standards provides these educational tools to help guide decision-making by radiologists and patients in planning and performing examinations, treatments, and procedures.
evidencebasedradiology.net is a step-by-step outline for implementing improvements based on an evidence-based radiology practice framework.
Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA/PCPI or The Consortium) is a developer of evidence-based measurement instruments for use by various medical and surgical specialties, including Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Health Care Innovations Exchange a new AHRQ program that allows health care professionals to share and adopt new innovations that improve care delivery.
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) is maintained by AHRQ and is a repository for evidence-based quality measures and measurement sets. The Consortium's measurement sets can be found in NQMC.
National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) is maintained by AHRQ and is a repository for evidence-based clinical guidelines. ACR's Guidelines and Standards can be found in NGC.
Quality Indicators are measures of quality associated with processes of care that occur in an outpatient or an inpatient setting. The measurement process uses administrative data captured from preventive care treatments, patient safety, inpatient care, and pediatric measures. Preventive care, patient safety, inpatient care, and pediatric indicators have pages devoted to detailed instructions on how to implement the measurement process.
National Committee for Quality Assurance(NCQA) accredits, certifies, and publicly recognizes organizations and physicians who participate in NCQA measurement activities. NCQA also develops process measures that are used by health plans for the purposes of reporting the quality of care delivered to their enrollees.
National Quality Forum (NQF) identifies national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.
Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) is a developer of measurement instruments for use at the individual or group level. The mission and goals of AQA focus on key areas that can help identify quality gaps and control costs.
Several national and federal organizations provide free access to limited administrative
data. This data is useful in benchmarking process and outcomes within your own environment.
National Center for Health Statistics provides descriptive statistics on
the general health of the American population.
Health Cost and Utilization Project - HCUPnet provides data on patient demographics
and resource utilization for defined diagnoses and procedures in a variety of healthcare
Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) data can be used to assess patient satisfaction; compare
and report on performance; quality improvement assessment.
Center for Medicare and MedicaidServices provides national Medicare
and Medicaid population statistics, trends, and reports.
Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare contains public data that can be used to produce
reports on medical resources consumption at national, regional, or local levels.
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