A number of meeting attendees said the immediate business case for adopting quality measures is weak, especially for practices that don’t have an EHR. EHRs are a cornerstone of CMS’ value-driven healthcare initiative. “This may be a five- to 10-year time horizon,” noted Dr. Solomon, but he agreed with other speakers that quality is ultimately not about money, but about professionalism and what is best for patients.
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This is exactly the position taken by Christine Cassel, MD, president of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). “The reason to support quality is because it’s a core professional value,” she said. Citing RAND data, she noted that, all over the country, patients can only expect to get the recommended treatment half the time; for Medicare patients, it is one-third of the time. “I think we have lots of data showing that we have room for improvement …” she said. “It’s well documented that measurement leads to improvement.”