Measuring the performance of the U.S. health system

Source: Gary Claxton, Cynthia Cox, Selena Gonzales, Rabah Kamal, Larry Levitt, Kaiser Family Foundation, Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, Insight Brief, September 10, 2015

….In this brief, we describe some examples of approaches to measuring quality and discuss the issues associated with quality measurement at the system level. We also provide trend and comparative statistics for key measures, where data are currently available. Although the available data are incomplete and sometimes flawed, on the whole they can be taken to suggest that quality of healthcare in the U.S. is improving, but falling short relative to other large and wealthy countries….