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Quality Measurement and Accountability for Community-Based Serious Illness Care: Synthesis Report of Convening Findings and Conclusions

November 1, 2017

The movement of U.S. health care to value-based payment presents a critical opportunity to improve accountability for the quality of serious illness care, while constraining the growth of spending. The changing incentives in the health care system are driving innovation in the delivery of serious illness care in traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage and commercial plans. Implementation of an accountability system for serious illness care is vital for ensuring that cost containment efforts do not result in undertreatment or worse quality of care for the seriously ill.In May 2017, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation convened 45 serious illness care experts and stakeholders - such as physicians, researchers, patient advocates, policy experts - in Banff, Alberta, Canada, to identify a path forward for building an accountability system for high-quality, community-based serious illness care programs. The group reached consensus on a definition of the serious illness population, the necessary components of an accountability system and guiding principles for quality measurement. In addition, convening participants identified a starter set of quality measures, future pathways for implementation of an accountability system and needed future research.

Project ECHO Evaluation 101: A practical guide for evaluating your program

April 1, 2017

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative medical education model that aims to build workforce capacity in rural and underserved areas. Developed by clinicians at the University of New Mexico (UNM), the ECHO model is now being used to address health care shortages all over the world and across diseases and specialties—ranging from autism care for children to palliative care for older adults. With a particular focus on supporting groups with relatively limited evaluation resources, this resource describes evaluation methods that can be used to examine the implementation, outcomes, and value of Project ECHO clinics that aim to address a wide range of challenges related to health care access, delivery, treatment, and prevention, particularly in underserved communities.

Evaluation Framework: Neighborhood Health Status Improvement

March 1, 2017

Neighborhood Health Status Improvement- Launched in 2008 · Asset based, resident driven, locally focused- Emphasis on improving the physical, social, and economic environments of neighborhoods

Tools and Frameworks

Evaluation in Underserved Communities

October 1, 2014

This Healthcare Georgia Foundation publication is designed as a resource for both newly formed and smaller organizations to provide program administrators with a practical guide in applying best practices towards establishing a strong foundation for evaluating community-based programs serving underserved populations. It aims to outline key tasks and strategies for conducting evaluation in organizations working in underserved communities; and thereby contributing to the process of helping promising programs reach their full potential and institutionalize evaluation practices for: (1) proving effectiveness, (2) documenting gaps in services, and (3) making data-driven program improvements over time.

Guidelines and Best Practices

How Do We Know We Are Making a Difference? A Community Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Indicators Handbook

January 1, 2005

This is a tool that measures improved policies using a form that records the changes in amount and location of alcohol advertising.

Tools and Frameworks

Program Evaluation

January 1, 2003

This manual describes the importance of program evaluation with regard to the development of HIV/AIDS interventions. The training presents the fundamentals of a successful evaluation to improve the quality of the services. The manual is a guide to assist program planners in building an effective evaluation component within the program to ensure ongoing capacity building and success.