The Washington Health Alliance (Alliance) and the Washington State Health Care Authority released the first results for the Washington State Common Measure Set for Health Care Quality and Cost, a set of 52 measures that enable a common way of tracking important elements of health and how well the health care system is performing. The results, which are foundational to the Alliance’s Community Checkup, show that, despite some successes, Washington falls far short of the Alliance’s and HCA’s vision that the state will be in the top 10 percent nationally in the delivery of high-quality health care.
Washington is among the first states to establish a common measure set. The measures enable a shared understanding of areas that should be targeted for improvement. We anticipate results from the measures will be used to inform health care purchasing by public entities, such as state, county and city government, as well as private companies.
The Alliance’s “Community Checkup,” published earlier this month, compares clinics, hospitals, medical groups and counties on 52 measures, from rates of hospital-acquired infections to use of recommended screenings to overall patient experience.