Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) at CMH
Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) are essential tools that enable organizations to focus on improving patient-centered care. They provide a structured format and a common language that fosters dialogue and supports continuous quality improvement processes. By formalizing plans, QIPs drive change and facilitate a culture of continuous improvement.
As a legislative requirement, QIPs are mandated by the Excellent Care for All Act, which prioritizes patients' needs and promotes a culture of continuous quality improvement in healthcare. The Act requires healthcare organizations to develop a QIP annually for the following fiscal year and make it available to the public. The expectation is for organizations to have QIPs in place, publicly posted, and submitted to the Ontario Health Quality Council.
In summary, QIPs provide a framework for organizations to focus on what and how to improve, ensuring that patient needs remain at the forefront. They are a vital tool that fosters dialogue and supports continuous quality improvement processes. As a legislative requirement, they demonstrate a commitment to patient-centered care and a culture of continuous improvement.