Health care is rife with measurement. For both providers and payers, the time, effort, and resources dedicated to collecting and reporting data are exorbitant. While most reporting requirements are well intentioned, the proliferation is not adding value and—in some circumstances—does more harm than good.
Health care is already complex. All the measurement adds layers of complexity and bureaucracy. And the expense is considerable. A study published last year in Health Affairs showed that physicians and staff members in four types of practices (primary care, cardiology, orthopedics, and multispecialty) spend, on average, 15 hours a week per physician dealing with quality measures—which works out to about $40,000 annually per physician and $15.4 billion total.