In a study of more than 60 healthcare leaders, PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the quality of the U.S. healthcare system is "not what it should be and is not likely to change within the next three to five years."
The report by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute concludes that after two decades of efforts to improve the quality of healthcare, momentum has stalled. The analysis finds healthcare organizations confused by multiple quality mandates and frustrated by mounting requirements for quality performance reporting in the absence of government standards or industry consensus.
PWC stated that the healthcare industry must develop common standards and procedures around quality. It added that failure to act "puts the sustainability of the U.S. healthcare system and the nation's economic competitiveness at risk."