Making Health Care Quality Meaningful to Patients

Apr 9, 2013, 4:18 PM, Posted by

Beth Toner

Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Landro’s recent interview with a front-line doctor underscores why we need more meaningful ways to measure quality. Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Victor Montori, who specializes in treating people with chronic illnesses, says health care systems and doctors are not being rewarded for preventing disease and instead pressured to satisfy measures that mean little for patients or health.

By supporting the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s broad testing of the Global Cardiovascular Risk score, we hope to give doctors, nurses and other clinicians “permission” to refocus on what is important for patients—good health outcomes—and deliver care that matters to them. Learn more about the project that we announced today.       

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.