Quality improvement involves many formulas within the healthcare infrastructure and the combined efforts of healthcare professionals, patients, payers and researchers. A systematic and analytical approach to practice quality and performance improvement are essential for ensuring and improving patient safety.
SIR performance measures
SIR: Working to make interventional radiology an integral part of the health care landscape
Over the last several years, SIR has made performance measurement a central focus of the its efforts, setting goals to propose Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures relevant to IR, develop IR registries and streamline the process of data collection.
SIR Performance and Quality Improvement Committee (PQI) within the Quality and Outcomes division, has proposed refined performance measures to include in PQRS.
SIR submitted a total of 31 measures for the PQRS program. Based on the MAP review (MAP is a multistakeholder partnership that guides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the selection of performance measures for federal health programs), seven measures were passed along to the Physicians Quality Measures Management (PQMM) group. The SIR worked closely with PQMM to specify and define the measures, including exclusions and exemptions. Following CMS’ final review all SIR meassures were published in the Federal Register.