The H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., M.D. Center for Quality Eye Care was established as a quality of care and health policy research center that advances the accessibility to and appropriateness of eye care services.
The work of the Hoskins Center ensures that patients continue to receive high quality, evidence-based eye care within a tightening economic environment that will demand increased value for any services provided.
Areas of Focus
With guidance from an Advisory Board composed of distinguished clinical scientists and health policy experts, the Hoskins Center will address a broad range of eye health-related issues and publish an extensive set of resources for use by providers, patients, policy makers, regulators, payers and the public.
Through a process of issues analysis, scholarly study, creation of evidenced-based resources and outcomes measurement, the Hoskins Center’s quality eye care improvement initiatives will produce patient-centered, timely and effective care that reduces the financial impact and economic burden to society caused by vision problems, the costs of which are estimated to exceed $51.4 billion annually in the U.S.
Organization & Published Resources
Housed within The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology with its own Board-designated fund and budget, the Hoskins Center’s organizational structure will simultaneously allow for scholarly inquiry and deliberation, participation by various eye care stakeholders and operational efficiency.
Although extensive in scope, the work of the Hoskins Center is organized into four main programmatic areas
- Evidence-Based Eye Care: Produces guidance for eye care providers and develops performance-in-practice evaluation tools
- Value-Based Delivery of Eye Care: Identifies and assesses value-based eye care practice models for a variety of settings and examines the public health needs for quality of eye care
- Medical Information Technology Standards: Creates standardized terminology, imaging and EHR standards, and models for integrating e-prescribing and technology in practice
- Fellowships and Grants Funding: Extends the reach and scope of the Hoskins Center in emerging or understudied eye care areas by funding the research of outside investigators and organizations
Promulgation of Findings
The rate of change in health care generally, and for eye care in particular, is increasing rapidly. Changes in demographics, treatment options and technology, economics and globalization are all affecting quality of eye care and how it is delivered. The sheer pace of change and volume of eye care information makes it crucial that providers, patients, policy makers, regulators, payers, and the public have timely, accurate and credible resources in which to measure the quality and value of eye care services.
To fulfill this growing need for timely, accurate and credible eye care information and knowledge and to promote widespread adoption of it, the Hoskins Center will promulgate and disseminate its findings to the widest possible audience. This goal will be achieved by using a variety of distribution channels including publishing articles in peer-reviewed and other scholarly journals, producing educational resources, giving lectures, posting information and materials on the Internet and through the media.
The Advisory Board of the H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., M.D. Center for Quality Eye Care provides critical expert guidance to the Center, ensuring that the Center remains on the forefront of changes in eye care and that its work helps advance the accessibility to and appropriateness of eye care services.
Composed of distinguished clinician scientists and health policy thought leaders, the Advisory Board will play an important role in the Hoskins Center becoming the most valued and credible resource in defining quality eye care and in promoting patient-centered interests to all constituents involved in eye health.
Flora Lum, M.D.
Advisory Board Members
M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., Chair
Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D.
William L. Rich III, M.D.
Alfred Sommer, M.D., M.H.S.
Bruce C. Vladeck, Ph.D.