Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 23, 2012
QualityStar, an independent quality consortium announces it has received approval by the American Board of Pathology (ABP). Mark Priebe, Managing Director of QualityStar states, "QualityStar is proud to be able to support the ABP in their Maintenance of Certification® program for career-long self-assessment, learning and improvement activities for pathologists. We are dedicated to continuously offering leading edge technology and services that will help pathologist and institutions provide the best quality health care available." All pathologists who received initial certification in 2006 or later are required by the ABP to document their participation in at least one laboratory performance improvement and quality assurance activity or program per year.
QualityStar’s Quality Consortium provides retrospective, random case review by external specialists and subspecialists. Case review/peer review is an important component of a quality program and provides assessment of both false negative and false positive cases.
Quality is increasingly an area of emphasis and source of differentiation. Trends in regulation, reimbursement, accreditation, licensure, and insurance are focused on improving measurement of quality in every practice.
QualityStar has built a national network of reviewers in various disciplines to deliver independent quality assurance case review. Cases submitted from member pathologists are double blinded and specific metrics of accuracy, turn-around-time (TAT), clerical error and diagnostic confidence are generated to provide longitudinal and benchmarking reports. Individual performance scores calculated and plotted against the peer group performance for each specialty, experience level and case complexity. This allows the pathologist, pathology groups and hospitals the ability to compare their performance to their peers.
Reports present quality metrics that members can use to:
The participant gains an initial assessment of skills by specialty and an unbiased consult review feedback. Counseling and corrective action can be implemented and progress is measured over time. Longitudinal reports are provided to identify changes in performance over time compared to the peer group.
In the United States an estimated 20,000 pathologists are practicing in over 6,000 hospitals and independent laboratories.
QualityStar offers a unique opportunity to the healthcare community by providing a reliable, high-quality alternative to in-house quality assurance for healthcare professionals. With a national network of consultant reviewers to deliver third party quality assurance, QualityStar becomes a partner in the individual or institutions quality efforts. QualityStar ensures that appropriate cross sections of pathologists and professionals are reviewed and provides longitudinal and benchmarking reports that go beyond the standard peer review concept.
For further information please Mark Priebe at Mark(dot)priebe(at)qualitystar(dot)net or 888.519.4429. http://www.qualitystar.net