In Week 5, you were introduced to the Oak Street Health initiative. Oak Street Health, a population health focused initiative, is responding to the health needs of the elderly living in underserved urban neighborhoods in the Midwest region of the United States. The case of Oak Street Health shows how focusing on specific measures of healthcare can improve the quality of life for this population. Oak Street Health’s guiding principle is to keep patients “happy, healthy, and out of the hospital” (Porter, Lee, & Alger, 2017). What does quality improvement look like, in practice, at Oak Street Health? The program regularly measures, and has the data to show, improvement in the following areas: patient/customer satisfaction, evidence-based preventive and chronic care, and reduced hospital admissions. Distinguishing characteristics of the program help contribute to achieving improvement across these measures. For example, providing transportation between home and primary care visits, coordinating care across multiple providers, and providing longer than average primary care visits are linked to the measures assessed by the initiative, such as patient satisfaction and reduced hospitalization.
For this Discussion, you will consider the healthcare system’s responsibility to ensure positive health outcomes. As you review this week’s resources and case study profiles, consider what components relate to quality.
- Review this week’s resources and focus on the current priorities for improving the quality of healthcare delivery.
- Select a profile of interest from this week’s resources.
- Explore the National Quality Forum’s measures for the population health issue depicted in the profile you selected.
- Research and select a current (i.e., published in the last two years) scholarly resource that addresses a topic related to quality improvement.
- Consider the population health perspective on quality improvement compared to the individual care perspective.
- Reflect on the relationship between health equity and quality improvement.
By Day 3
Post an explanation of how the quality improvement topic you selected affects the individual’s quality of care and the population portrayed in the profile you selected. Include in your explanation how the quality improvement topic addresses or fails to address health equity gaps experienced by the population of focus. Then, propose at least one way health administrators or health educators might promote the quality improvement topic you selected to improve quality of care. Be specific and provide examples.