How useful are quality data?

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Quick View. Posted May 8, 2006

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A recent survey says many executives don't use this kind of information.

Source of data Use source Highly useful Not useful
Health plans 68% 34% 10%
Recommendations from others 54% 23% 12%
Hospital and physician groups 52% 15% 16%
Health-care associations 50% 15% 13%
Business coalition groups 42% 8% 17%
Government 37% 4% 13%

With health care costs rising at a rapid clip, large employers are clamoring for quality data to help them determine the bang they're getting for their buck. Yet, according to a recent survey of 135 top executives at U.S.-based multinational corporations, more than three-fifths of large employers -- 61% -- don't use the sometimes controversial quality measurement data already available from the government, health plans, physician and hospital groups, and others. Responses here are from the 39% of executives who do access quality data from one or more sources, showing which sources they use most and least. In addition, for each data source, the percentage at either end of the satisfaction spectrum -- those who evaluate each source as either highly useful or not useful -- is shown.

Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute, April 10 survey

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