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Quality Measures


Performance measurement is widespread throughout the healthcare system and may be used by hospital medicine groups to assess the performance of the whole group or of individual hospitalists. Performance measures may come from federal or other payers, programs, state programs, accreditation bodies, hospital efforts, or local quality and performance improvement efforts.

Considerations for Performance Measurement

This resource, developed by the Performance Measurement and Reporting Committee, gives a general overview of performance measurement, including types of measures, key factors to consider in selecting a measure, and best practices to create a culture of engagement around measures.  

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Review of Quality Measures

A new on-going project by the Performance Measurement and Reporting Committee called Demystifying Quality Measures reviews and provides additional details about specific quality measures commonly used in hospital medicine groups. These measures may be from federal programs or used locally by hospitals or hospital medicine groups to assess quality and efficiency. The committee will continue adding measures to this project to build out a library hospitalists and group leaders can use to evaluate measures in their performance measurement programs. Each measure review includes a tabular overview of the measure with source citations and a narrative article published in The Hospitalist that contains more perspectives from members of the committee.

Discharge Before Noon

The Hospitalist Article: Discharge Before Noon

VTE Prophylaxis

The Hospitalist Article: VTE Prophylaxis


The Hospitalist Article: HCAHPS

Length of Stay




Quality Payment Program

Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) is a value-based payment program for clinicians that care for Medicare beneficiaries. The program requires either participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). To learn more about the QPP and hospitalists’ participation in MIPS and APMs, visit the QPP section of the website.