IHI Suggests Measures for Tracking Progress in Healthcare Reform Goals

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has suggested several measures for tracking organizations' progress in reaching the "triple aim" of healthcare reform in a new report.

The report, "A Guide to Measuring the Triple Aim: Population Health, Experience of Care, and Per Capita Cost," includes potential measures for each dimension of the triple aim — improved population health, improved experience of care and reduced cost.

Suggested measures for population health outcomes include infant mortality rate, percent of people with diabetes and percent of people with elevated blood pressures. A suggested measure for experience of care is the percent of patients who would recommend the organization. Suggested measures for per capita cost are risk-adjusted health plan costs per member per month and cost per employee per year.

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