For the third year in a row, healthcare quality for millions of Americans improved substantially, despite broad public concerns over cost, the uninsured, patient safety, and other system-wide ills. The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) State of Health Care Quality report documented significant improvements in clinical performance on more than a dozen key measures among selected health plans serving the Medicare, Medicaid, and commercially insured populations. Still, the report found that more than 6,000 deaths and 22 million sick days could be avoided annually if the “best” practice” care found at the nation’s top organizations were adopted universally.
For the first time, NCQA’s report includes performance results from Medicaid and Medicare organizations for 2015. Surprisingly, given the negative attention the programs tend to receive in the media, the report indicates that the quality of care under Medicare and Medicaid is comparable to that received in the commercial sector.
Here’s a great video if you ever find yourself wondering why healthcare is so expensive. It can explain the ins and the outs and give a little bit of nuance that I cannot, given I only study nutrition. I’ve taken a few economics courses, but not enough to get a degree. Without further ado:
Hope that helped! Tell me what you think below. So my fans know, I say that jokingly, I will be visiting family over Christmas and probably won’t be as active as i’ve promised to be. Just wanted to give everybody a fair warning first. Ciao!