Committee on Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Cost

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: HMD Executive Office

Activity Description

The Committee on Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Cost will conduct a study and prepare a report directed at exploring measurement of individual and population health outcomes and costs, identifying fragilities and gaps in available systems, and considering approaches and priorities for developing the measures necessary for a continuously learning and improving health system. The Committee will:

1) Consider candidate measures suggested as reliable and representative reflections of health status, care quality, people’s engagement and experience, and care costs for individuals and populations;

2) Identify current reporting requirements related to progress in health status, health care access and quality, people’s engagement and experience, costs of health care, and public health;

3) Identify data systems currently used to monitor progress on these parameters at national, state, local, organizational, and individual levels;

4) Establish criteria to guide the development and selection of the measures most important to guide current and future-oriented action;

5) Propose a basic, minimum slate of core metrics for use as sentinel indices of performance at various levels with respect to the key elements of health and health care progress:
people’s engagement and experience, quality, cost, and health;

6) Indicate how these core indices should relate to, inform, and enhance the development, use, and reporting on more detailed measures tailored to various specific conditions and circumstances;

7) Identify needs, opportunities, and priorities for developing and maintaining the measurement capacity necessary for optimal use of the proposed core metrics; and

8) Recommend an approach and governance options for continuously refining and improving the relevance and utility of the metrics over time and at all levels.

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