Survey Finds Medicare Quality Measurements Are Lacking
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:30 AM
According to a new Avalere survey, many chronic conditions seen in long-term care settings are under-represented in Medicare pay-for-quality programs. Investigators say this shortcoming limits Medicare’s ability to pay for value.
Avalere’s assessment lists 20 high impact conditions, including osteoporosis, hip/pelvic fracture, lung cancer and prostate cancer – all of which have only three Medicare quality measures. Alzheimer’s and endometrial cancer have zero quality measures.
Experts say the government must implement more meaningful quality measures, which increasingly drive the economics of Medicare Advantage and other coordinated care programs.
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