U.S. Health Care Metrics

U.S. Health Care Metrics

How do you know you’re making progress? That’s the question that everyone in health care should be asking, and be able to answer. We propose a few metrics that, collectively, should give us and others a better understanding of whether or not we’re making enough progress in getting health care to become more affordable and more effective.

The following graphic summarizes the metrics we will hold ourselves accountable for, and work to impact. Details on the derivation and content of each metric are provided below.

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Family income consumed by health care Middle Class Families that cannot afford health insurance
91,000
Excedent health care-related preventable deaths per year
11%
Of Medicare beneficiaries in Value Based Purchasing Programs
11%
Of private sector money in Value Based Purchasing Programs
2
States with adequate transparency laws
780
Hospitals with an “A” rating for Patient Safety
14,405
Chronic care-related Recognitions
7,116
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The above metrics are grouped into the following categories. Each category is linked to a page with further information about the metrics listed above, their impact and derivation:

Our mission is to develop and implement programs that can improve the affordability and quality of health care in the US. As we continue to pursue that mission, this is a set of metrics that can help us identify “True North”, a baseline against which we can both measure the relevance of our activities and their impact, however potentially removed the outcome is from the process.

Ultimately, if, as a nation, we can’t reduce the current percentage of income spent by average families for health care coverage and the amount of excedent preventable deaths over the benchmark, then we will have failed future generations. As such, if HCI3’s work is not effective in impacting both of these metrics, we will have failed in our mission. We ask others in health care to be accountable, and so we should also be willing to be accountable….and we are.