Quality measurement and improvement in liver transplantation

Amit Mathur, Jayant Talwalkar

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Abstract

There is growing interest in the quality of health care delivery in liver transplantation. Multiple stakeholders, including patients, transplant providers and their hospitals, payers, and regulatory bodies have an interest in measuring and monitoring quality in the liver transplant process, and understanding differences in quality across centres. This article aims to provide an overview of quality measurement and regulatory issues in liver transplantation performed within the United States. We review how broader definitions of health care quality should be applied to liver transplant care models. We outline the status quo including the current regulatory agencies, public reporting mechanisms, and requirements around quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) activities. Additionally, we further discuss unintended consequences and opportunities for growth in quality measurement. Quality measurement and the integration of quality improvement strategies into liver transplant programmes hold significant promise, but multiple challenges to successful implementation must be addressed to optimise value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hepatology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Liver transplantation
  • Measurement
  • QAPI
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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