As Medicare prepares to mark its 50th anniversary in July 2015, there is a lot to celebrate. For 50 years, Medicare has accomplished its two key goals: ensure access to health care for its elderly and disabled beneficiaries, and protect them against the financial hardship of health care costs.
The Commonwealth Fund recently surveyed 33 of them to explore how they are integrating disciplines such as design, engineering, and behavioral economics to address persistent problems that prevent health systems from providing high-value care.
Enthusiasm for performance measurement in both the public and private health care sectors has helped to create a serious problem: a massive proliferation of measures. In response, the Institute of Medicine has identified a set of standardized measures, along with steps for implementing and refining them.