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!
In its annual proposed rule for the inpatient and long-term care prospective payment system, the agency said the changes would decrease hospitals' time spent on paperwork by more than 2 million hours and result in $75 million in savings. Experts say the CMS' suggested changes are a positive step overall for the field of quality measurement. There are too many measures that serve little value to clinicians or patients. But they also questioned CMS' reasons for removing some measures, particularly those related to patient safety. The CMS proposed to dissolve some patient safety measures either because they were already measured in another program or the cost of the measure outweighed the benefit.