Yes, people shop for health care. But are they good at it?

Summary: Do people really “shop” for health care? And if they do, do they do it well or poorly? It’s both complicated and pretty simple; let’s discuss.     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and […]

Health care quality metrics, examined: The Health Care Blog

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: “In the future, doctors who provide better healthcare will be paid more. When a doctor gives good care, she will get credit. For factors out of that doctor’s control, she won’t be penalized,” Rachel Katz writes in this thoughtful and thorough explanatory piece examining quality metrics from a provider’s perspective on The Health Care […]

How many times did he do that operation? Volume as a quality proxy in health care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: It’s hard to judge quality in health care. What’s best: a good outcome? Good hospital experience? Shorter wait times? Less money spent for better results? It’s one of the toughest nuts to crack, along with price transparency. But there are some simple measures that can be used, including the very simple one of frequency […]

More hospital quality data added to Hospital Compare website

Filed Under: Providers, Regulators

SUMMARY: We’re always interested in measuring quality in health care. Cost isn’t the only factor you want to consider, but it’s tough to find good quality measurements that are actionable — things you can use to make a decision.     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The […]

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 […]