Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

California Department of Public Health: Portrait of Promise – California Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity

The California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity has released its statewide plan to promote health and mental health equity.  The plan is the first demographic report and statewide strategic plan from the OHE since it was established in 2012. … Continue reading

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Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum: Immigrant Outreach – Applying Health Care Enrollment Best Practices to Deferred Action

This report from the Asian and Pacific American Health Forum describes how the lessons learned and best practices identified in conducting outreach to, and assisting immigrants, especially Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, enroll in health care insurance through the health … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare and Pioneer ACOs Report Results

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reported the most recent quality and shared savings results from the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) established by the Affordable Care Act, as well as the 20 Pioneer ACOs … Continue reading

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

This 2014 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality consolidates the annual National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report. These reports to Congress are mandated by the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129).  The consolidated report highlights … Continue reading

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

This is the updated second edition of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. Health literacy universal precautions are the steps that health care providers take when they assume that all patients may have difficulty comprehending health … Continue reading

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Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Health Outcomes Survey

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires Medicare managed care plans (Medicare Advantage) to assess certain health outcomes of their member Medicare beneficiaries.  The Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) is used to survey a random sample of 1,200 Medicare beneficiaries … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Alliance: Patient-Reported Outcomes

This action brief from the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance describes how patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly used to measure health care quality performance. While patient experience of care is one of the triple aims, we rarely, if ever, ask patients to report whether … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project: Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement

This “patient charter” developed by the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project (now the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance) describes a set of principles for measuring, reporting, and tiering physician quality performance from a patient/consumer perspective.  The charter has been endorsed by AARP, the National Partnership for … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Alliance: Improving Health Care Through Transparency and Performance Measurement

The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance has published this “message handbook” to support health care improvement through transparency and performance measurement.  The publication includes communications tools and measures to support health care quality performance measurement generally, as well as specifically on accountability, cost … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Alliance: Ten Criteria for Meaningful and Useful Measures of Performance

The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance has published these criteria for evaluating measures of health care quality performance.  These criteria reflect the perspectives of those who receive and pay for care, and should be used to guide the development, endorsement, and use of … Continue reading

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