Hospital Groups Back NQF Report on Patient Sociodemographics

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , April 16, 2014

Data Collection 'Will Take a Little Time'
"But we believe that because of the patients that we serve, having this information in the risk adjustment models will be very helpful to our providers because they do tend to serve a disproportionate number of low-income individual. But there is no way you could say at this point that all safety net hospitals do better or all or some other type of hospitals will do worse."

"It's not easy to collect the data on these sociodemographic factors and that is one reason that some have argued that you shouldn't do this—that it is too challenging," Feldpush says.

"We would push back and say that just because something is hard work doesn't mean we should back away from it. But it will take a little time to make sure we are collecting the socio-demographic information in an accurate way. Although I would also say that providers and hospitals are engaged in collecting race and ethnicity and language preference data now, and this recommendation—particularly if it was going to be put into use for quality measures—would certainly put momentum behind those efforts already underway to collect the data."

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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