Oregonians’ health will be improved if there is a public-private effort to overhaul the number and types of health care quality measures currently being collected, according to a white paper issued today by the Collaborative for Health Information Technology in Oregon (CHITO).
"Aligning Health Measurement in Oregon" is a result of two years of research by CHITO to study and develop recommendations around a proliferation of overlapping - and sometimes competing - state, federal, and commercial health care quality reporting initiatives and mandates.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed rules that will expand access to analyses and data that will help providers, employers, and others make more informed decisions about care delivery.
Variation in health care quality and cost outcomes frequently occur between geographic areas but there is little understanding of why these variations take place. To gain a better understanding, a five-year study involving four states will work to identify the characteristics of a region or state that influence health quality and cost.