The Healthcare Performance: Research and Evaluation Partnership investigates and evaluates efficacy of healthcare delivery systems and practice guidelines. Working with providers, delivery systems, payers, and consumers, a unique team of healthcare scientists and analysts complete evaluations on gaps in practice knowledge; devise and test interventions to improve practice; and create or identify process and outcome measures. We specialize in developing and evaluating practice guidelines; identifying and examining healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations; and determining the cost to payers, providers, and patients and their loved ones of practice variation with poor outcomes. Through these analyses and evaluations we help partners to improve clinical outcomes for patients as well as identify best practices for providers, which in turn aids in potential lowering of costs and lessening potential adverse events and malpractice cases.
Healthcare-Acquired Conditions Cost Estimators
The Healthcare Performance: Research and Evaluation Partnership has implemented and evaluated best practices for assessing the the cost of healthcare-acquired conditions, defined as illnesses or injuries that occur in the healthcare setting that could have been prevented.
The partnership and Ascension Health developed two online estimators to determine the cost differential for healthcare-acquired conditions. The payer estimator presents the additional cost to the payer and potential revenue lost to the provider in the case when a healthcare-acquired condition occurs. The patient and loved ones cost estimator presents the cost to the patient and his or her loved ones due to a healthcare-acquired condition. When patients experience a healthcare-acquired condition, they incur additional financial expenses as well as lost time from their lives. Loved ones who care for patients also lose time due to these preventable conditions.