The Cost of Quality: An Academic Health Center's Annual Costs for Its Quality and Patient Safety Infrastructure - Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety: In the United States, regulatory bodies, state licensing boards, hospital accreditation
organizations, and medical specialty boards have increased their demands for data,
public reporting, and improvement. Survey research suggests that as much as $15 billion
is spent on reporting quality measures, but those costs, as well as those associated
with improvement, have not been sufficiently characterized. A study was conducted
to examine, in detail, the costs incurred by one health care organization—an academic
health center (AHC) with employed physicians—in responding to quality and safety requirements.