Investigators: Lauren Nicholas
Funding: Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging 2012-2013
In response to widespread geographic variation in the quality of hospital care provided to Medicare beneficiaries, payers and policymakers have attempted to move patients to higher quality hospitals through public reporting of quality measures. To date, there is little evidence that patients use currently available measures. This project proposes that information about patient functional status and pain after hospitalization, measures that universal, easy to understand, and relevant for all admissions types could improve hospital report cards. I will use Health and Retirement Study survey data linked to Medicare claims and measures of hospital quality to assess the relationship between currently reported measures and patient outcomes and to assess properties of patient self-report data for use as future quality measures.
Country of Focus: USA
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