The quality of health care provided by NPs is under constant scrutiny. Many physicians are hesitant of NPs ability to provide quality and cost-effective care. It is critical for NPs to see themselves as full partners in health care. NPs are challenged to improve the quality and measurement of health care delivery and patient health outcomes. NPs must be recognized for the care that they provide. Thus NPs must constantly ask the question, how do we ensure measurement of the care that we provide?
Ongoing monitoring and continuous improvement is vital for all practicing NPs to ensure patients receive safe, competent, and quality health care (Hamric, Hanson, Tracy & Grady, 2014). It is imperative for advanced practice nurses to have strategies to measure, report, and reward excellence in health delivery. Advanced practice nurses are well situated to provide quality, cost effective, and patient-centered care (IOM, 2015). This week, as you examine quality measures, consider how standards of care are developed and implemented.
• Analyze importance of quality measures
• Evaluate the use of incentive payment for care
• Analyze external motivators for incentive payment for care
• Apply comprehensive knowledge of nurse practitioner practice