Hospital group says some quality reporting too pricey

A group representing 2,000 hospitals across the U.S. is arguing that quality reporting relying on proprietary tools, methods or information is too expensive to be sustainable. The Premier Healthcare Alliance's Quality Improvement Committee has since sent a letter to CMS objecting to the inclusion of quality measures that require such proprietary tools and data. The letter, signed by a CEO representing 17 hospitals and healthcare systems, says the use of such sources available only through private organizations would be expensive and slow electronic medical record rollouts, while giving such vendors monopolistic pricing power. The Premier execs have also made a similar request to the National Quality Forum.

To learn more about the Premier alliance's quality data concerns:
- read this Healthcare Finance News piece

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