GAO Recommends that DOD Use Common Key Quality Measures

September 18, 2018


The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016 (NDAA 2016) directed the Department of Defense (DOD) to align its measures of health care quality used in the Military Health System (MHS) to improve beneficiary experience and reduce variation in the quality of care. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the quality measures identified by the DOD.

The GAO found that the DOD is not using common measures across all providers; uses measures covering a limited range of medical conditions; and hasn’t created consistent standards and requirements related to providers’ performance on the measures.

GAO recommended that for all providers, the DOD use common key quality measures, expand their range, and develop consistent performance standards and requirements.


The full report is available here.


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