Newton, Mass., is about a 20-minute drive from Boston. Its local hospital, Newton-Wellesley, is a teaching medical center licensed for 265 beds. In the last year, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Jaff, the medical center has started to come out of the shadows of its collaborators, Partners HealthCare and other local institutions, to make its own mark. Jaff recently spoke with Modern Healthcare safety and quality reporter Maria Castellucci. The following is an edited transcript.
Health insurers at the forefront of using outcomes-based quality measures include such organizations as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and HealthPartners. At the Louisiana Blues, a focus on outcome measures is a major component of its overall quality improvement strategy. The Baton Rouge-based payer is always looking for ways to harness measures that reflect how a patient's health status is affected by healthcare services.
A CMS effort to turn the corner on achieving widespread use of outcomes-based quality measures is getting mixed reviews from providers and payers. Industry stakeholders support recent efforts by the CMS to focus on quality measures that are "meaningful" to clinicians and their patients. But questions remain about how effective the agency's work will be as uncertainty persists around which measures are actually the most valuable.
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