We realize that dedicated clinicians are rarely motivated to do the right thing for patients solely by money, but tying compensation to quality measures does help keep the importance of documenting quality of care a priority. By using “macros” (pre-programmed menus) in the electronic medical record, clinicians could do the right thing with less effort (comply with documenting CPGs). Clinicians must embrace accountability and allow technology to assist them to do the right thing. Continual measurement of compliance to the CPGs will keep this goal a priority AND allow us to prove our outcomes as we all make the move to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
“The USWR has been committed to quality practice since 2008 when we started the 'Do the Right Thing™' initiative to get physicians to implement proper diabetic foot ulcer off-loading and venous ulcer compression bandaging as well as screening for arterial disease," said Caroline Fife, Executive Director of the US Wound Registry and its Family of Registries which include the U.S. Podiatry Registry. "We have used USWR data to show where physicians were missing opportunities to do a better job of patient care, and how quality relates to better patient outcomes. If you or your loved one has a chronic non-healing wound, you want to go to a clinician participating in quality reporting through the USWR Family of Registries, e.g. the U.S. Podiatry Registry. It means that they are sharing their quality data with their peers across the USA, and working hard to ‘Do the Right Thing.'”