HHS Announcement on Quality-Based Payment Sparks Renewed Debate on Measures

February 4, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it plans to transition to quality-based Medicare payments by 2018 has renewed the debate over the adequacy of current quality measures, as highlighted in a January 30, 2015, Wall Street Journal article. Although the National Quality Forum recently submitted nearly 200 quality measures to HHS for its consideration, the American Medical Association is quoted in the article as contending that "we do not yet have high-quality outcome measures with enough specificity to drive improvement."

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