Well well well...CMS says it's actually reducing the number of measures used across its five quality and value-based purchasing programs!  Nineteen measures to be exact, along with an elimination of redundancies in 21 additional measures.

Just like quality improvement projects, we often discover that there are Key Process Inputs and other Key measurements...bottom line:  not everything that can be measured should be measured for many different reasons...

In fact, a classic teaching in Lean & Six Sigma is that we only need about 5-7 high level metrics to adequately characterize (and improve) a system.

So here's to the proposed changes CMS wants to make.  Look here for its annual proposed rule for the inpatient and long-term care prospective payment system!