Evidence-based practice (EBP) is defined as an approach that stresses how professionals and other individuals involved in decision-making ought to arrive at decisions through the identification of evidence for a given practice and rating the evidence based on how scientifically acceptable it is. One of the primary goals of EBP is to oversee and ensure the elimination of practices considered excessively risky, unsound, or unacceptable and replacing these with those with potentially positive outcomes. EBP also aims at forcing and encouraging professionals and people involved in decision-making to focus more on evidence as a way of informing decision-making processes. This is achieved through careful summary of research, education of professionals on the application and understanding of research findings, as well as ensuring the accessibility of research summaries.
A number of organizations in the healthcare context stress the use of EBP, one of these being the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS’s official website is https://www.cms.gov/ where it highlights its commitment and pledge to prioritize patients in its programs that include Medicare, Medicaid, as well as the Health Insurance Exchanges. CMS main objective is to come up with health care decisions believed to be best for patients while relying on the use of EBP. CMS’s use of EBP is evident in the fact that all its health care decisions are based on timely access to latest evidence (McGinnis, Goolsby, & Olsen, 2009). Through the use and emphasis on EBP, CMS ensures the delivery of the highest-value care to patients and ultimately ensures the provision of the right care to the right patient at the right time. CMS also provides research services to healthcare organizations thus highlighting its focus on ensuring that these organizations rely on evidence in all health care practices and decisions.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/
McGinnis, J. M., Goolsby, W. A., & Olsen, L. (2009). Regulators. In Leadership commitments to improve value in health care: Finding common ground: Workshop summary. National Academies Press. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK52854/