A JKTG-funded report by Liz Sweeney, president of Nutshell Associates LLC, examines current quality measurement of U.S. health care. The report is the first in a series that aims to improve understanding of the challenges associated with quality measurement and build consensus for a way forward that achieves the goal of improving value.
It identifies six core challenges and the unintended consequences of often well-meaning measures. Excerpt below:
There is notable dissatisfaction with the current quality measurement system, including the large number of metrics in use; the unintended consequences of reliance on reported measures and incentive programs; excessive reliance on process measures over outcomes measures; disagreement over how to effectively measure outcomes; information that’s confusingly reported in a multitude of formats; and high collection and reporting costs. A portion of these challenges can be attributed to lack of a universally agreed upon definition of what quality means in health care and dozens of stakeholder organizations that have at least partial focus on quality measurement or improvement, leading to consumer confusion, overlapping efforts, and sometimes conflicting results. In short, we’re not getting what we want out of measuring health care quality because we don’t know what we want out of measuring health care quality.
It’s become a bit of a tradition for the Foundation to send a Thanksgiving note, and this year we’re excited to support projects that have evolved as part of ongoing work by researchers and the Foundation.
The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) is supporting breast cancer treatment by funding the initial site of research that has led to an innovative breast cancer clinical trial.
Foundation for the NIH and JKTG Foundation Renew Support for training two research fellows at the NIH
The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) is proud to announce renewed support for the intramural research training of two young fellows at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).