Posted today at HealthReform.gov

Any bill serious about health care reform needs to demand that the industry take advantage of readily available and dramatically improved measurement methods. We manage what we measure, and 99% of existing outcome measures are measures in name only. A kind of metric system for outcomes could provide standard product definitions, could effect huge reductions in information transaction costs, and could bring about a whole new magnitude of market efficiencies. Far from being a drag on the system, the profit motive is the best source of energy we have for driving innovation and resetting the cost-quality equation. But the disastrously low quality of our measures corrupts the data and prevents informed decision making by consumers and quality improvement experts. Any health care reform effort that does not demand improved measurement is doomed to fall far short of the potential that is within our reach. For more information, see www.Rasch.org, www.livingcapitalmetrics.com, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2009.03.014, or http://home.att.net/~rsmith.arm/RMHS_flyer.pdf.

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