Topic Areas

Topic Areas

We are charged with identifying up to three areas of health care services every year with high variation in the way that care is delivered, that are frequently used but do not lead to better care or patient health, or that have patient safety issues. In choosing a topic, we consider many strategies including:

  • Goals for appropriate utilization rates
  • Peer-to-peer consultation
  • Provider feedback reports
  • Use of patient decision aids
  • Incentives for the appropriate use of health services
  • Centers of Excellence or other provider qualification standards
  • Quality improvement systems
  • Service utilization or outcome reporting