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Change Starts Here. The One with the Trend Graphs: Introduction to the IC-4 Measure ICPC National Coordinating Center This material was prepared by CFMC.

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1 Change Starts Here. The One with the Trend Graphs: Introduction to the IC-4 Measure ICPC National Coordinating Center This material was prepared by CFMC (PM CO 2011), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Colorado under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

2 IC-4: measure definition (J-10) Percentage of communities that can demonstrate four time series graphs showing positive trending data by intervention over four quarters. Numerator: Number of communities demonstrating improvement over a 4-quarter period Denominator: Number of communities participating in the statewide Learning and Action Network Polarity: Higher is better.

3 Evaluation and data source Evaluation Targets – No baseline target – 18-month target: 25% of Track 2 communities – 27-month target: 75% of Track 2 communities Demonstrate 4-quarters of improvement on 4 outcomes across all Track 2 communities. Data Source – Collected and reported by QIOs – Deliverable #51 (Community Intervention Plans) – Template to be provided by NCC

4 What to measure 1.Intervention implementation – Process – Reach/dosage of an intervention Counts; percentage of eligible population 2.Outcomes over time – Effect on root cause – Success of the intervention Rates; scores; rating scales Longitudinal data Best-fit line or other signal indicating improvement

5 Early considerations (10th SOW) Root cause analysis Map out the logic model – What is expected to change at the point of intervention? – Develop an operational definition of improvement and select the corresponding indicator. Existing outcomes already reported Expectations from root cause analysis How is the problem observed on site? Develop a procedure for tracking implementation and outcome. – Logistics, standardization and enforcement Plan to measure frequently to better demonstrate change. – Monthly interval yields 12 data points over given 4-quarter period (i.e., 1 year)

6 Selecting an outcome to measure Consider the following ideals: Measureable – Can it be operationalized and clearly measured? Plausible – Is it reasonably tied to the root cause? Moveable – Is it likely to change in a clinically meaningful way? Compelling – Will an observed change tell the story of improvement? Practical – Are time series data readily collected or available?

7 Resources Future presentations/discussion – Details and strategies for IC-4 Toolkit – Outcome measurement (9th SOW Care Transitions) ICPC NCC contact: Tom Ventura

8 Questions? The ICPC National Coordinating Center – Change Starts Here.


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