BACKGROUND: With the advent of managed care, academic medical centers have been challenged to lower costs and to document their claims of high quality outcomes. A successful method to achieve these objectives must not interfere with the academic missions of research and teaching. At M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, we initiated a program that would reduce practice variability and increase quality with a model that was familiar to the faculty. METHODS: Professional staff members were divided into disease site groups that included physicians, nurses, and other allied health staff. Each group developed practice guidelines and Collaborative Care Paths, based on evidence in the publications and on expert opinion. Desired outcomes were prospectively defined during this process. Before implementation, paths and guidelines underwent peer review. RESULTS: The faculty actively participated in the development and implementation of the program that was viewed as a means of empowerment to deal with managed care. Nearly 1000 patients have been entered on the B8 paths that have been implemented to date. CONCLUSION: A physician-driven outcomes management program permits delivery of high quality care and supports outcomes research while decreasing cost in an academic setting.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Best practices and benchmarking in healthcare : a practical journal for clinical and management application|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1996|
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