Using "Roll-up" Measures in Healthcare Quality Reports

Perspectives of Report Sponsors and National Alliances

Published in: The American Journal of Managed Care, Volume 23, No. 6, pages e202-e207

Posted on RAND.org on July 14, 2017

by Jennifer Cerully, Steven Martino, Melissa L. Finucane, Rachel Grob, Andrew Parker, Mark Schlesinger, Dale Shaller, Grant Martsolf

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Objectives

To understand the views of prominent organizations in the field of healthcare quality on the topic of reporting roll-up measures that combine indicators of multiple, often disparate, dimensions of care to consumers.

Study Design

This study used a semi-structured, qualitative interview design.

Methods

We conducted 30- to 60-minute semi-structured telephone interviews with representatives of 10 organizations that sponsor public healthcare quality reports and 3 national alliances representing multiple stakeholder groups. We conducted a thematic analysis of interview transcriptions to identify common issues and concerns related to reporting roll-up measures.

Results

Among sponsors reporting roll-up measures, current practices for calculating and reporting these measures are diverse. The main perceived benefit of reporting roll-up measures is that they simplify large amounts of complex information for consumers. The main concern is the potential for consumers to misunderstand the measures and what associated roll-up scores communicate about provider performance. Report sponsors and national alliances feel that more guidance and research on the methods for producing and reporting scores for roll-up measures are needed.

Conclusions

The results of the interviews elucidate the need for research focused on construction and reporting of roll-up measures. Studies are needed to determine if roll-up measures are indeed perceived by consumers as being less complex and easier to understand.

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