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U.S. Docs Spend $15.4B Annually to Report Quality Measures, says survey

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A national survey of physician practices finds physicians and staff spend, on average, 785 physician and staff hours per physician annually—equaling $15.4 billion—to track and report quality measures for Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurers, according to the March issue of Health Affairs.

Weill Cornell Medicine researchers analyzed results from a national survey of cardiology, orthopedics, primary care, and multispecialty practices, drawn at random from the Colorado-based Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) membership list. Surveyed practices reported spending 15.1 hours per physician per week dealing with external quality measures such as developing and implementing data collection processes, entering information relevant for quality reporting into patient medical records, and collecting and transmitting data.

The average cost to a practice for spending this time is $40,069 per physician per year. Eighty-one percent of surveyed practices reported that the effort they spend on quality measures is “more” or “much more” compared to three years ago, but only 27 percent believe that the measures moderately or strongly represent their quality of care, according to a Health Affairs blog post on the research.

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