Stephen F. Jencks, MD, MPH; Jane E. Brock, MD, MSPH
Disclaimer: The contents presented do not reflect Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy (PM-4010-132 CO 2012).
Financial Support: Dr. Brock was partially supported by the Integrating Care for Populations & Communities National Coordinating Center at CFMC with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-0879.
Corresponding Author: Stephen F. Jencks, MD, MPH, 8 Midvale Road, Baltimore, MD 21210; e-mail, email@example.com.
Current Author Addresses: Dr. Jencks: 8 Midvale Road, Baltimore, MD 21210.
Dr. Brock: CFMC, 23 Inverness Way East, Englewood, CO 80112.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: S.F. Jencks, J.E. Brock.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: S.F. Jencks, J.E. Brock.
Drafting of the article: S.F. Jencks, J.E. Brock.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: S.F. Jencks, J.E. Brock.
Final approval of the article: S.F. Jencks, J.E. Brock.
Statistical expertise: S.F. Jencks.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: S.F. Jencks.
Collection and assembly of data: S.F. Jencks.
Jencks S., Brock J.; Hospital Accountability and Population Health: Lessons From Measuring Readmission Rates. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:629-630. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-9-201311050-00010
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(9):629-630.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (1) and the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (2) ask the health care community to broaden its vision of care and its traditional focus on the care of individuals to include improving population health. Measuring the success of this vision requires population-based clinical performance measures of the burden of disease and success of care for the whole population, regardless of where, or even whether, care is delivered. By contrast, almost all existing measures are provider-based and intended to compare and hold providers accountable for an episode of care.
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