MPC Member Publications

This database contains a listing of population studies publications written by MPC Members. Anyone can add a publication by an MPC student, faculty, or staff member to this database; new citations will be reviewed and approved by MPC administrators.

Blewett, Lynn A; Parente, Stephen T; Peterson, Eileen; Finch, Michael D 2003. The Role of the Private Sector in Monitoring Health Care Quality and Patient Safety.

BACKGROUND As payers, purchasers, and providers, both the public and private sectors have a stake in developing sound methods of measuring health care quality and patient safety. However, the role of the private sector in a national quality monitoring system remains largely underdeveloped. PRIVATE SECTOR ROLE IN HEALTH CARE QUALITY MONITORING There have been some attempts to pool private-sector data through health care industry efforts to measure and monitor the quality of health care services. Yet despite a number of public/private partnerships, no standard method exists for measuring and monitoring health care quality and safety across public and private payers. THE AHRQ WORKSHOP ON PRIVATE-SECTOR QUALITY MONITORING The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sponsored a workshop in fall 2000 to address the private sector’s role in monitoring quality in the health care system. National experts developed a conceptual framework and recommendations on the design and scope of a private-sector data monitoring system. Ten key attributes of the monitoring system, such as timeliness of reports, flexibility, efficiency, and linkability, were identified. Barriers and gaps to the development of such a system include the cost of data collection, the diversity of the units of data collection, data privacy, and limitations of administrative data elements. SUMMARY A comprehensive, public/private data collection system would address the multidimensional nature of quality and use data to effectively represent this complexity to the extent possible.