2017 Outlook for Quality Metrics

February 16, 2017

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With the ongoing volume-to-value shift in healthcare reimbursement, quality metrics are more important than ever for your healthcare customers. Each market segment has its own complicated set of metrics which may cover a range of conditions and procedures such as pressure ulcers, infections, re-hospitalizations, vaccinations, falls, and more. Providers’ performance on these metrics directly impacts how much they are paid. This presents enormous sales opportunities for suppliers who can show how their product impacts specific metrics. Join HIDA staff members, Linda Rouse O’Neill, Vice President of Government Affairs and Josh Babb, Director of Government Affairs for a market-by-market update on Medicare quality metrics.

You'll gain a better understanding of:

  • What quality metrics are and why they are so important for your healthcare customers
  • Key quality metrics per market
  • Which metrics extend into nearly every segment
  • How to talk about key metrics with your customers


Linda Rouse O’Neill, MA
Vice President, Government Affairs

Specializing in healthcare legislation with 20 years combined experience on Capitol Hill and in healthcare related associations, Linda Rouse O’Neill leads HIDA’s government affairs team in creating strategic initiatives to advance the interests of healthcare distributors and the supply chain through informed advocacy.

Linda’s areas of expertise include Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, health IT, advocacy issues including medical device tax, pedigree, unique device identification and competitive bidding, and providing members with industry-relevant government data in the most accessible format possible. She frequently speaks and writes on legislation currently affecting the health distribution industry.

Prior to joining HIDA, Linda served as Director of Federal Affairs for Premier, Inc. a leading healthcare alliance, spent four years working on healthcare issues for Senator Craig Thomas and two years at the National Rural Health Association. Linda holds a Masters from George Washington University in Legislative Affairs and a degree in American History from the State University of New York at Albany.

Josh Babb, MA
Director of Government Affairs

Josh Babb focuses on communicating with Congress and federal agencies to help them make informed decisions on behalf of the healthcare distribution supply chain.

With HIDA since 2013, Josh develops strategic advocacy resources for members, and runs the HIDA annual Capitol Hill Fly-in where members meet with 100+ Members of Congress. He serves as a speaker, facilitator and content expert on a range of legislative and regulatory policies with HIDA membership and industry-wide groups.

Prior to HIDA, Josh worked on Capitol Hill serving as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate Minority Whip. Josh has a BBA in Management from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and earned his Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.