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Measurement demands called ‘out of control’

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The Healthcare Association of New York State says that the drive to measure quality in the U.S. healthcare system is “clearly out of control” and needs major reform.

The organization identified more than 2,100 measurements that   providers must follow to meet  requirements of private health insurers, Accountable Care Organizations,  state and  federal government and other entities.

The volume of measures that exist — characterized by nonexistent or poor  alignment and poor coordination, has created a kind of measure madness, “Consuming precious resources that could be directed toward meaningful efforts to continuously enhance quality and patient safety,” the report states.

The report is but one of the latest from groups asserting that the campaign for ever more measurement is hurting healthcare.  Many critics urge consolidation and standardization in the reporting of healthcare quality and safety data.





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