Measuring outcomes in the value-based world of healthcare reform has become increasingly more critical to every practice. The question is what should be measured?

In February of this year, The Core Quality Measure Collaborative, along with multiple organizations, worked to identify the core measurements that are the most beneficial to Patients, Consumers and Physicians, as stated in this article.

Each practice should establish the Core Quality Measurements designed to be meaningful to patients, consumers, and physicians. The alignment of these core measure sets will aid in the promotion of measurement that is evidence-based and generates valuable information for quality improvement.

One in particular that falls squarely underneath is to increase efficiency in patient flow which results in better quality of care and higher patient satisfaction.

In order to do this, it is necessary to clarify expectations, define outcome measures, measure, analyze and adjust. This is imperative to succeed in a value-based world.