Healthcare quality metrics ’abysmal,’ Senate panel hears

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“Providers, employers and health consumers are increasingly befuddled by more than 1,100 measures used for scoring and payment just in the Medicare program alone, with little understanding of which ones, if any, really drive better outcomes. … ‘When I asked our members last week how they would describe the value of our national quality measurement efforts to their own companies, they responded with one word: “abysmal,” ‘ said David Lansky, President and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents 60 companies that buy health coverage for 10 million people and their dependents [testifying at the Senate Finance Committee]. ‘They’re looking for meaningful transparency on price and quality, and neither is available today.” — Cheryl Clark, Healthcare Quality Metrics ’Abysmal,’ Senate Panel HearsHealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2013