Qual­ity ar­gu­ment will be tough to make in de­bate over nar­row net­works

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

In re­sponse to the March 17 ed­i­to­rial (“The com­ing as­sault on nar­row net­works,” p. 25), it’s go­ing to be tough to make the qual­ity ar­gu­ment stick as long as the qual­ity met­rics shine on providers who can cherry-pick pa­tients, and rain on dis­pro­por­tion­ate-share hos­pi­tals. Just look at the dis­gruntle­ment with the federal No Child Left Be­hind Act’s ef­fects on ed­u­ca­tion, if you want to see where this is headed. The right and left alike will be op­posed.

Bill Baar Camp­ton Hills, Ill.

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