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  • Practice Resources and Guidelines

  • Performance Measures and Sources of Evidence-Based Medicine

  • 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) Practice Guidelines and Technical 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Optimizing Patient Exposure to Ionizing Radiation Measure Set Approved                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) membership recently voted to approve the Optimizing Patient Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (OPEIR).  The Work Group developed this set of measures to identify and define quality measures toward improving outcomes for patients by reducing ionizing radiation necessary to perform an imaging study while preserving the highest diagnostic image quality. The measures were developed by the PCPI and the American Board of Medical Specialties in collaboration with the American College of Radiology and the American Board of Radiology. We thank PCPI members for taking the time to cast your vote. The approved measure set is available here .

     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.

  • Free Data for Benchmarking

  • 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 settings.

    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.