With the news that Wellpoint, one of the largest insurance companies in America, will cut off annual 8% payment increases to about 1,500 hospitals if they fail to "test" high enough on 51 quality measures, they have officially defined "quality" health care as checkboxes.
You see how do insurers know if we offer each of our patient's nutritional guidance or exercise counseling?
Well, they check to see of doctors have clicked on a yellow warning box advising we do this. If we have, then not only is that doctor a fine, "quality" doctor, but the hospitals (and it's computer system and scores of administrative staff that compile and submit this data) are real, fine, "quality" hospitals.
That's all there is to it.
Never mind if we don't have time to actually perform the counseling.
* click * * check * * click *
Simple as pie. Efficient, too.
Beautiful bureaucratic quality.
Good luck with that.