As a result of rapid growth in hospice and palliative care, local, regional and national efforts are being made by healthcare leaders to promote quality and reduce variation in hospice and palliative medicine services. The AAHPM created and maintains this Quality Portal to provide quality measurement and improvement resources for palliative medicine clinicians and administrators across the nation. Within this portal, users will find the latest research, measurement tools, guidelines, and peer-reviewed advice to develop quality measurement and improvement interventions for their programs.
We hope that you will find this web site effective in meeting your programmatic needs. Please use the contact form on the Quality Community page to submit suggestions and recommendations to improve the usefulness of this portal. Thank you.
To find standards, benchmarks, and clinical measures to use in measuring and improving program quality, go to Guidelines, Standards, Measures
Opportunities to Participate in Quality Initiatives
On May 22, 2012, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute issued Funding Announcements in support of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. Application guidelines can be found here.
To join in collaborative performance improvement projects targeting hospice and palliative care indicators, go to
News About Quality of Interest to Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Comment Period on Health IT Enabled Quality Measurement Extended to September 21
Access an AHRQ-hosted webinar which provided background on the RFI and highlights of the report Quality Measurement Enabled by Health IT: Overview, Possibilities, and Challenges. Access the background report. Access the August 22 Federal Register notice extending the comment period.
Health IT Enables Quality Measurement, but Obstacles Remain
Access Dr. Kaushal's video here. A second example describes how data can be transformed into meaningful feedback that clinicians can use to improve practice. Judith Logan, M.D., of Oregon Health Sciences University worked with clinicians to generate and report prioritized quality measures through interactive Web-based quality reports. View Dr. Logan's video. To learn more about these projects, read their success stories. Read the full synthesis report.
CMS Updates Information on Hospice Quality Reporting
Items of Interest
The report by the National Quality Forum Measure Application Partnership on performance measurement for hospice and palliative care is now available.
The final report of the National Quality Forum project "National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care" is available to download.
The summary of palliative and end-of-life measures endorsed in 2012 by the National Quality Forum is available.