Quality Measures

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At first glance, quality measures seem like a great idea. Perhaps the intent is to help processes work better, but certainly, my experience in the medical world has been mostly ridiculous. Someone, who doesn’t understand the issues involved, decides what measures should be applied and often irrelevant data is collected. Unfortunately this misinformation then effects changes in policies and procedures. Naturally, we are introduced to more quality measures to fix the resulting new problems.

Layers

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When I think of layers, I generally think of the peeling off of layers of clothing or layers of skin. But today I read an amazing article (Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury by Drs. Talbot and Dean) on the moral injury of physicians by a broken healthcare system. In my medical mind which has many years of experience, I believe the authors are exactly correct with their assessment. As this kind of honest information about physicians hits the media, I feel the first layers of this massive medical bureaucratic quagmire begin to peel—a glimmer of hope.