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Broad Coalition Offers Plan to Improve Health Care Quality and Affordability
Date:3/24/2009

Recommendations call for better measurement and transparency as foundation for improvement and reform

WASHINGTON, March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stand for Quality, a diverse coalition of more than 165 organizations from across the health care spectrum, today announced a framework to improve the quality and affordability of health care for all patients through a public-private partnership described in six key recommendations.

The six recommendations are:

  1. Set national priorities and provide coordination for quality improvement;
  2. Endorse and maintain nationally standardized measures;
  3. Develop measures to fill gaps in priority areas;
  4. Ensure that providers and other stakeholders have a role in developing policies on use of measures;
  5. Collect, analyze, and make performance information available and actionable;
  6. Support a sustainable infrastructure for quality improvement.

Stand for Quality's recommendations are the product of a partnership among patient and consumer groups; employers and public purchasers; representatives of physicians, nurses and other clinicians; health plans; hospitals; and more. The multistakeholder group came together with the shared belief that improvements in access, quality, and affordability are inextricably linked.

"The wide array of organizations endorsing Stand for Quality's recommendations illustrate the essential role quality improvement must play in health care reform," said Gerald Shea, Assistant to the President for Governmental affairs at the AFL-CIO. "Stand for Quality provides structure around a quality enterprise that has grown organically and makes it accountable in a new system."

"Consumers and patients want affordable, high quality care that is safe, efficient, and responsive to their needs," said
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