While the concept of practitioner performance monitoring has been around for more than a century, the continuing march toward value-based reimbursement and integrated care makes routine evaluation more important than ever. As the tools driving this effort, performance indicators are critical to capturing valuable, reliable data on a practitioner’s current competence, quality of care, and opportunities for improvement.
Implementing performance indicators that apply to all or most practitioners enables benchmarking across clinical service lines; promotes broad commitment to shared goals; and supports an efficient, standardized approach to data capture and evaluation. Beyond consideration of competencies that span practice areas, however, fair, meaningful evaluation of clinical care quality and technical skill often necessitates development of indicators specific to a specialty or a group of similar specialties.
The following is a grid of sample indicators that can be used for anesthesiology.