Frederick Masoudi, MD, Addresses Quality of Care in Cardiovascular Disease

Frederick Masoudi, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado, says there has been an increase in focus on outcomes. They allow for systems accountability and focus on patient care.

Frederick Masoudi, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado, says there has been an increase in focus on outcomes. They allow for systems accountability and focus on patient care.

Dr Masoudi says that a challenge associated with outcomes measures is that they don't provide specific guidance on what must be changed to improve those outcomes. "Both outcomes and processes, I think are still important in trying to characterize quality to give healthcare consumers and physicians an idea about the quality of care that's delivered, but also provide some form of direction in terms of accountability," said Dr Masoudi.

This video was taken at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session & Expo in San Francisco, CA, on March 11, 2013.