“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 Hears, HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2013
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.