Helping Drive Effective Care
Effective care leads to the best patient outcomes, avoiding underuse or overuse of medical resources. Each year, the wealth of research published presents an opportunity to make the care you provide even more effective – while making it harder to be assured that care is consistent with today’s best practice.
Our clinical editors regularly review the wide expanse of medical literature to develop up-to-date best practices for every step on the care path. The result is an evidence-based description of effective care – the right care, efficiently delivered – that helps you leverage your clinical experience and make decisions with confidence.
Guidelines Based on the Latest Evidence
Evidence-based medicine has been defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients." (Sackett D, 1996)
Our clinical editors analyze and classify more than 100,000 peer-reviewed papers and research studies each year. By applying rigorous evidence classification techniques, they select over 20,000 unique references to formulate into the precise clinical guidance for which we are known. Nationally recognized quality measures from the Hospital Quality Alliance are also embedded.
The Inpatient Advantage
Positive healthcare outcomes are more likely when caregivers anticipate and plan the next steps in a patient’s care, ensuring that appropriate clinical resources are available when and where they are needed.
The guidelines offer evidence-based criteria, goal lengths of stay, care pathways, and other tools to help healthcare professionals support patients facing hospitalization, surgery, or both – making them a valuable tool for proactive care management, as well as case review and assessment.
Globally Sourced, Globally Relevant
Our guidelines rely on research evidence from many parts of the world. Health systems globally aspire to common aims of high-quality, affordable healthcare. Our guidelines, uniquely combining attention to quality and efficiency of care delivery, can help any healthcare delivery system in its efforts to advance effective care.
The guidelines have been used in several countries around the world and have proven to be applicable in a wide range of care settings.
Medicare and Medicaid
Our products are developed by healthcare professionals with extensive knowledge of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Our guidelines and software support utilization review in Medicaid and Medicare populations and can be used as evidence-based support to prepare for RAC audits and appeals.