For Immediate Release
(CHICAGO, October 15, 2017) – As Healthcare Quality Week 2017 (Oct. 15-21) kicks off, Q-Centrix sincerely thanks all healthcare quality professionals for their steadfast commitment to improving care, safety, and outcomes for patients everywhere.
“Never have efforts to drive quality in healthcare been stronger – and, at the same time, more essential,” said Q-Centrix CEO, Milton Silva-Craig. “In response to our rapidly evolving healthcare delivery and payment environment, healthcare quality professionals have become critical agents of change – ensuring everyone in their facilities are invested in high-quality, safe, and efficient patient care. We want to take this opportunity to recognize and express our gratitude for their hard work and persistence.”
Expansion in clinical data registry participation, as well as shifts toward linking reimbursement to health outcomes, are putting quality improvement front and center in virtually every healthcare setting. Following is evidence of these changes:
- By 2018, 50% of all traditional Medicare payments will be tied to quality or value.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services penalizes hospitals for patients who contract certain infections during their stay.
- Two out of three hospital executives surveyed expect to increase clinical registry participation in the next five years, and the average facility participates in five to 10 registries. (Source: S. Clinical Registry Service & Software Market – Forecast to 2021, a survey report commissioned by Q-Centrix and authored by Health Business Group.)
The number of Certified Professionals in Healthcare Quality (CPHQs) is steadily rising, having increased more than 2,000 since 2011. Currently, there are approximately 9,600 CPHQs.
An important touchstone of Q-Centrix’s client services is having the industry’s largest and broadest team of nurse-educated quality information specialists – more than 800 quality experts focused on data abstraction and analysis – acting as a virtual extension of quality departments within more than 400 hospitals.
“Q-Centrix is devoted to supporting healthcare quality professionals in using data to measurably improve quality and safety in patient care at their facilities. We firmly believe that modern technology, lean processes, and – most importantly – elite people comprise a unique formula to make this possible,” adds Silva-Craig.
Healthcare Quality Week was established by the National Association for Healthcare Quality to celebrate the contributions professionals have made in the field and bring greater awareness to the profession of healthcare quality.
Q‑Centrix aims to measurably improve the quality and safety of patient care in the U.S. through the use of its market-leading technology platform, Q-Apps, coupled with the industry’s largest and broadest team of nurse-educated, quality information specialists. Processing in excess of 1 million quality data transactions annually, Q‑Centrix is a comprehensive quality partner to hundreds of hospitals, providing quality data management solutions, including quality data capture, surveillance, measure calculations, analysis, reporting, and improvement solutions. For more information about Q‑Centrix, visit www.q‑centrix.com.
Vice President, Marketing – Q-Centrix