Usefulness of Quality Measures Questioned, May Be Misleading: Study finds only one in 21 valid, but reimbursement still threatened

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Quality can be hard to define in any arena, and in medicine there can be so many variables that pinning down which hospital is better than another becomes a herculean task. That is one reason hospitals have been bombarded with a slew of quality measures and metrics that promise to distill all those variables into hard numbers and rankings that can be used to assess a hospital’s quality and patient safety.

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