Quality measurement: A primer for hand surgeons

Robin N. Kamal, Sanjeev Kakar, David Ruch, Marc J. Richard, Edward Akelman, Chris Got, Philip Blazar, Amy Ladd, Jeffrey Yao, David Ring

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As the government and payers place increasing emphasis on measuring and reporting quality and meeting-specific benchmarks, physicians and health care systems will continue to adapt to meet regulatory requirements. Hand surgeons' involvement in quality measure development will help ensure that our services are appropriately assessed. Moreover, by embracing a culture of quality assessment and improvement, we will improve patient care while demonstrating the importance of our services in a health care system that is transitioning from a fee-for-service model to a fee-for-value model. Understanding quality and the tools for its measurement, and the application of quality assessment and improvement methods can help hand surgeons continue to deliver high-quality care that aligns with national priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-651
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • PQRS
  • Quality
  • fee for service
  • value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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