University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Editorial Archives

November/December 2006  •  Volume 1, Number 6

From the Editor
Getting Value (PDF, 234 KB, 3 pages)
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 11
Feature Articles
Medicare’s Push for Quality Health Care (PDF, 175 KB, 8 pages)
The movement toward using quality measures as a means for reimbursement decisions is well underway. The rationale for and impact of Medicare’s push for quality health care are described.
Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD  •  p. 14
Medicare’s QIO Program: 8th Statement of Work (PDF, 250 KB, 6 pages)
Quality improvement organizations (QIOs) are a unique national resource integral to quality improvement strategies. This article examines the history and current 8th Statement of Work for Medicare’s QIO Program.
Andrew Miller, MD, MPH  •  p. 22
Preventive Services: Increasing Administration of Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunizatiion Rates (PDF, 179 KB, 5 pages)
Influenza and pneumococcal immunizations are CMS-supported preventive services. This report addresses strategies for increasing influenza and pneumonia immunization rates in the Medicare population.
Andrew Miller, MD, MPH  •  p. 30
Aging and Infectious Disease (PDF, 138 KB, 4 pages)
As discussed in this article, infection prevention must become a priority both for providers and Medicare beneficiaries.
Linda L. Spaulding, RN, C, CIC  •  p. 38
A Report on the Experiences of Part D Beneficiaries (PDF, 99 KB, 3 pages)
This report offers insights into Medicare beneficiaries’ experiences with the new drug benefit, based on observations of State Health Insurance Assistance Plan (SHIP) directors.
Joan M. Horvath  •  p. 42
Pay for Performance Position Statement (PDF, 211 KB, 4 pages)
This AGS Position Statement outlines the essential principles to realizing the benefits of a pay-for-performance reimbursement system for Medicare providers.
Health Care Systems Committee and Quality Ad Hoc Workgroup, American Geriatrics Society  •  p. 44
Ask the Experts: The Definition of "Quality"  •  p. 28
Case Study: ACE Card for Influenza Vaccine for Older Persons  •  p. 35
Clinical Guidelines: Prevention and Control of Influenza  •  p. 36
Quick Stats and Facts/Advertiser Index  •  p. 48

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