Wisconsin Collaborative for Quality Healthcare

Measurement & Quality Initiatives

Diabetes Value Metric Pilot
2009 — 2010

WCHQ joined with the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) to develop, test, and produce a value metric for diabetes management, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through Aligning Forces for Quality.

This project explored the question, "Are the WCHQ and WHIO diabetes performance measure results 'reasonably close' to suggest WHIO standard cost data can be combined with WCHQ quality data to report on value as a metric, or as relative 'value points' on a cost-quality quadrant graph?" The WCHQ and WHIO data testing occurred in partnership with three WCHQ member organizations: Bellin Health, ProHealth Care, and ThedaCare.

The project concluded that WCHQ and WHIO diabetes performance results — which use different populations and measure specifications — do not match as closely as hoped. Additional inquiry is needed to understand the factors contributing to the differences.

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