Beyond Clinical Paths: Advanced Tools for Outcomes Management

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Wiley, Sep 29, 1997 - Medical - 267 pages
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Nationally renowned health care quality expert Patrice Spath and her team of contributors offer quality management professionals, nursing directors, case managers, medical directors, and other health services administrators the information they need to achieve measurable quality improvement and cost savings by moving beyond traditional clinical paths. Case studies--written by physicians, nurses, case managers, and quality management professionals from such diverse settings as FirstCare Health, Merit Behavioral Care, Clinton Memorial Home Health, and California Pacific Medical Center--give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how their organizations used a total quality managed environment and a wide variety of quality elements to develop effective initiatives. For those searching for better or new ways to manage patient outcomes, Beyond Clinical Paths is the road to success.

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Contents

Taking Clinical Quality Improvement Beyond Paths
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Using Performance Measurement as a Quality Improvement Tool
9
Improving Outpatient Care with Clinical Practice Guidelines
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PATRICE L. SPATH, a health care quality and resource management consultant with Brown-Spath & Associates, is a nationally recognized authority on quality and resource management initiatives who has used her vast experience to present more than 250 educational programs on quality improvement, utilization review, case management/clinical paths, and outcomes management. Among her many published books are Medical Effectiveness and Outcomes Management (AHPI, 1996) and Clinical Paths (AHPI, 1994). Spath is a regular columnist for Hospital Case Management and Hospital Peer Review and is coeditor of The Quality Resource, the newletter of the Quality Management Section of the American Health Information Management Association.

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