Thursday, June 11, 2009

Why I'm Not Camping

Ahh, my poor blog languishes. As I have nothing interesting to say here's a list of what I'm working on, which may explain why my blog is so sparse these days.

Pay for Performance: Physicians are eligible for many programs that will pay them bonuses for delivering care at defined levels. For example, there are strict measures of evidence-based care that should be delivered to a diabetic patient. Starting this month, physicians will be able to enter data into a new clinical data portal that will instantly or near enough instantly score their performance and - if the physician achieves the correct performance level - be identified to these programs. We'll be kicking off with diabetes and cardiac care. Down the road,we'll also process data directly from EHR systems. Go live mid June, 2009.

Transparency: Illinois has elected to use my team to produce their state's hospital report card, we'll be publishing everything you never wanted to know about Illinois' hospitals. Go live Octoberish, 2009.

Transparency: This year's Regional Health Care Report Card is underway, and will split HMOs from hospitals, making it easier to review one or the other. Additionally, this year's hospital report will be the juiciest report card you've ever seen. Go live end August 2009.

Quality Improvement: Phase two of the Web site is coalescing, more data, more benchmarks, more quality improvement resources. User interface is being reworked for a smoother, faster onramp to the content by a very cool team, and we're following behind loading up the new data. Go live November 2009?

Transparency: Pellucid is my new project to collate every ounce of publicly reportable data that exists. As you can imagine, that one's keeping me up nights. Go live of yesterday or never, depending on when you ask me.

All that, plus my youth rugby team made it to the semis in the Annual NYC Mayor's Cup. Busy year...


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My employer is compensated through funding to provide analytical research, technology solutions, and Web-based public and private health care performance reports by the State of New York, the State of Illinois, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Commonwealth Fund and Bridges to Excellence. I am not being compensated by any of these organisations to create articles for or make edits to this Web site or any other medium; and all posts authored by me are as an individual and do not represent my employer or the agencies I work for.