Meeting Quality Measures for Adolescent Preventive Care: Assessing the Perspectives of Key Stakeholders

Sarika Rane Parasuraman, Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Dawn Magnusson, Tracy King

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Background: Health plans are increasingly implementing quality improvement strategies aimed at meeting adolescent clinical quality measures, yet clinics often struggle to meet these measures. This qualitative study was conducted to explore how efforts to meet the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) performance measure for adolescent well-care visits were perceived by a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders. Methods: The research team conducted 26 in-depth, semistructured interviews with participants from three stakeholder groups: clinic staff with direct patient contact, health care institutional leaders, and representatives of a payer organization. Interviews were about 45 minutes in duration, audio-recorded, and professionally transcribed. Framework analysis was used to identify and organize emergent themes, and Atlas.ti was used to facilitate data management and analysis. Results: Stakeholder groups diverged in their opinions regarding strategies for achieving adolescent quality measures. Stakeholders with no direct patient interaction touted transactional quality improvement strategies that directly incentivized patients and families. In contrast, clinic staff with direct patient contact believed that incentive-based efforts undermined patient-provider relationships and the clinics’ focus on wellness. Conclusion: A considerable disconnect exists between stakeholders with and without patient contact with regard to approaches to the delivery of well care and quality improvement strategies for meeting the adolescent well-care visit performance measure. Efforts to reconcile discordant perspectives and promote a mutual understanding between payers, institutional leaders, and clinic staff could inform the development of creative initiatives that are sustainable and effective at achieving adolescent and family engagement, as well as clinical performance benchmarks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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