Quality assurance for a program of comprehensive care for older persons

R. L. Kane, L. A. Blewett

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Quality assurance (QA) for comprehensive programs like the Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) requires a special strategy. The assessment phase should be capable of looking across the usual subdivisions of care to recognize the contributions of various disciplines, and to focus on the effects of that care on the patient. Measures should thus include both problem-specific and patient-focused elements. The tracer technique which follows the care of specific problems provides an opportunity to look at both the process and outcomes of care. An outcomes focus which looks at patient functioning as well as condition-specific parameters can include specific sentinel events whose presence suggests untoward developments. Quality assurance implies more than assessment. It represents a commitment to act responsibly on the information obtained to improve the care rendered. It includes a strategy for proactive involvement where caregivers are prompted to consider pertinent information in a timely fashion, and a retrospective remedial approach where the data are analyzed and presented in a format that can be readily understood, and which suggests next steps to improve care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-110
Number of pages22
JournalHealth Care Financing Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993


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