Quality Improvement in Hospitals
This research examines the application of the quality improvement concept in hospitals. The findings of this examination are presented in discussions tracing the history and development of quality regulation, issues and concerns associated with the quality improvement concept, methodological issues and empirical studies, and future implications of quality improvement for hospital administrators.
History and Development of QI Regulation
Beginning with the Medicare Program in 1966, a major focus of federal health policy and regulation has focused on the cost and quality of health care (Gosfield, 1994, p. 170). By 1982, the regulatory structure was based on a new hospital reimbursement ..