Okay, I am officially overwhelmed.
I am about as well plugged in to the bureaucracy of medicine as any non-professional administrator can be. I am familiar with the joint commission audits, with the Physician Quality Reporting Program, with CMS core measures, with Hospital Compare, with HCAHPS, with "meaningful use," with the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, with Leapfrog, and a variety of other patient safety and quality initiatives. Yet it seems that every time I turn around there is a new set of quality metrics being developed and implemented. I can't keep track of them any more. It turns out, unsurprisingly, that our hospital is preparing for a new set of measures which will be tracked as of January 1, in addition to the measures that I was only vaguely aware of which they had already been tracking for the last 2 years.
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