Beaumont Health Recognized as a ‘Pioneer in Quality’ by the Joint Commission

Beaumont Health has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a 2019 Pioneers in Quality Solution Contributor in electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). Beaumont is just one of 12 hospitals and health systems to be named in The Joint Commission’s Pioneers in Quality: Proven Practices Collection 2019 for submitting a Proven Practice.

Beaumont’s Proven Practice helps inform Pioneers in Quality program activities and identify trends that help hospitals overcome eCQM and health IT barriers and challenges.

Carol Poterek from Beaumont’s quality team and Brian Meitzner and Shannon Sass, from the health system’s IT team, submitted Beaumont’s practice for addressing eCQM Data Validation: “Letting the data drive the improvement.”

Bringing eight hospitals together to become Beaumont Health after the 2014 merger involved uniting providers, support and administrative staff to ensure patients receive consistent, quality care.

“We needed to standardize our electronic medical record system. We also needed to streamline our eCQM data validation process. This led to the development of our Core Measure Abstractor Report. The report helps us drill down into cases that do not meet quality measures and helps us identify trends to drive our process improvement efforts. We are pleased The Joint Commission recognized our staff’s commitment to continuous quality improvement,” Beaumont Health senior vice president, chief quality and safety officer Dr. Sam Flanders said.

“We commend Beaumont for its recognition as a 2019 Pioneers in Quality Solution Contributor for its contributions and commitment to eCQM data and practices toward quality improvement,” says David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. “We believe gathering and analyzing performance data is crucial to continuously improving quality of care and outcomes for all patients.”

Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health care quality by manually pulling data from patient records. Today, through eCQMs — which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic health record — hospitals can electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care that patients receive. The electronic data can be analyzed to measure and improve care, processes, performance and outcomes.

This year’s list of recognized Pioneers in Quality organizations consists of 18 Expert Contributors, five of which are featured in the 2019 Proven Practices Collection and 13 that participated in measure development and testing activities. Another 12 organizations were named Solution Contributors and helped inform Pioneers in Quality program activities and determined trends to include within the Collection.

For more information, visit The Joint Commission website.