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Commentary: Why 'quality' care is dangerous

Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2009

The Obama administration is working with Congress to mandate that all Medicare payments be tied to "quality metrics," but an analysis of this drive for better healthcare reveals a fundamental flaw in how quality is defined and metrics applied, according to this opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. In too many cases, the quality measures have been hastily adopted, only to be proven wrong and even potentially dangerous to patients, the authors write.