Presentation on theme: "Quality-Based Purchasing: Challenges, Tough Decisions, and Options R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA Support: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, California."— Presentation transcript:
Quality-Based Purchasing: Challenges, Tough Decisions, and Options R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA Support: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, California Healthcare Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award Program, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Dudley 20062 Outline of Talk A brief description of a real world example of performance measurement Addressing the tough decisions, with reference to some solutions we’ve seen
CHART: California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force A collaboration between California hospitals, clinicians, patients, health plans, and purchasers Supported by the California HealthCare Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and California hospitals and health plans
Dudley 20064 Participants in CHART All the stakeholders: –Hospitals: e.g., CHA, hospital systems, individual hospitals –Physicians: e.g., California Medical Association –Consumers/Labor: e.g., Consumers Union/California Labor Federation –Employers: e.g., PBGH, CalPERS –Health Plans: every plan with ≥3% market share –Regulators: e.g., JCAHO, OSHPD, NQF –Government Programs: CMS, MediCal
Dudley 20066 Tough Decisions: General Ideas and Our Experience in CHART Not because we’ve done it correctly in CHART, but just as a basis for discussion
Dudley 20067 Tough Decision #1: Collaboration vs. Competition? Among health plans Among providers With legislators and regulators
Dudley 20068 Tough Decision #1: Collaboration vs. Competition? Among health plans Among providers With legislators and regulators
Dudley 20069 Tough Decision #1A: Who can collaborate? Easier to identify partners in urban areas –Puget Sound Health Alliance is a good example of a multi-stakeholder coalition In rural areas? –Consider medical societies for leadership, as providers are often fragmented
Dudley 200610 Tough Decision #2: Moving Beyond HEDIS/JCAHO No other measure sets routinely collected, audited If you want public reporting or P4P of new measures, must balance data collection and auditing costs vs. information gained –Admin data involves less data collection cost, equal or more auditing costs –Chart abstraction much more expensive data collection, equal or less auditing
Dudley 200611 Tough Decision #2: Moving Beyond HEDIS/JCAHO If plans or a coalition drive the introduction of new quality measurement costs, who pays and how? Some approaches to P4P only reward the winners…and many providers doubt they’ll be winners initially (or ever) So, who picks the measures?
Dudley 200612 Tough Decision #3: Same Incentives for Everyone? Does it make sense to set up incentive programs that are the same for everyone? –This would be unusual in many other industries Providers differ in important ways –Baseline performance/potential –Preferred rewards (more patients vs. more $) –Monopolies and safety net providers
Dudley 200613 Tough Decision #3: Same Incentives for Everyone? Monopolies? We’ve seen situations in which payers bristle at the idea of paying monopolists more What about providers that are already too busy?
Dudley 200614 Tough Decision #4: Encourage Investment? Much of the difficulty we face in starting public reporting or P4P comes from the lack of flexible IT that can cheaply generate performance data. Similarly, much QI is best achieved by creating new team approaches to care. Should we explicitly pay for these changes?
Dudley 200615 Tough Decision #5: Use Only National Measures or Local? Well this is easy, national, right? Hmmm. Have you ever tried this? Is there any “there” there? Are there agreed upon, non- proprietary data definitions and benchmarks? Even with NQF? Maybe you should be leading NQF??
Dudley 200616 A Local Measure Developed in CHART Consumers wanted C-section rates Hospitals pointed out there is no accepted “appropriate” or “optimal” C-section rate, and that an overall rate should be risk-adjusted Solution: C-section rate for uncomplicated first pregnancies (to give sense of “tendency to do C- section”), without any quality label attached
Dudley 200617 Tough Decision #6: Use Outcomes Data? Especially important issue as sample sizes get small If we can’t fix the sample size issue, we’ll be forced to use general measures only (e.g., patient experience measures)
Dudley 200618 Some providers are concerned about random events causing variation in reported outcomes that could: Ruin reputations (if there is public reporting) Cause financial harm (if direct financial incentives are based on outcomes) Outcome Reports
Dudley 200619 An Analysis of MI Outcomes and Hospital “Grades” From California hospital-level risk-adjusted MI mortality data: Fairly consistent pattern over 8 years: 10% of hospitals labeled “worse than expected”, 10% “better”, 80% “as expected” Processes of care for MI worse among those with higher mortality, better among those with lower mortality From these data, calculate mortality rates for “worse”, “better”, and “as expected” groups
Dudley 200621 3 Groups of Hospitals with Repeated Measurements (3 Years)
Dudley 200622 Outcomes Reports and Random Variation: Conclusions Random variation can have an important impact on any single measurement Repeating measures reduces the impact of chance Provider performance is more likely to align along a spectrum rather than lumped into two groups whose outcomes are quite similar Providers on the superior end of the performance spectrum will almost never be labeled poor
Dudley 200623 Conclusions Many tough decisions ahead Avoid paralysis or legislators and regulators will lead Consider collaboration on the choice of measures Everyone frustrated with JCAHO and HEDIS measures…need to figure out how to fund data collection and auditing of new measures Consider varying incentives across providers
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