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

John Rother, Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy for AARP. "Health care reform must include ways to better assess quality, as well as how to translate results into useful information that will help practitioners, patients, and policymakers make informed decisions. These recommendations recognize the continuum of measuring and improving quality and affordability."

The six recommendations representing a path to safe, efficient, patient-centered health care are outlined in Stand for Quality's Building a Foundation for High Quality, Affordable Health Care: Linking Performance Measurement to Health Reform. The recommendations build on existing improvement efforts and aim to harness the energies of the public and private sectors to strengthen health care quality - ensuring reform not only expands coverage, but improves the care patients receive.

"These recommendations are anchored in the reality that quality is about what happens between a clinician and a patient," said John Tooker, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians. "We support this effort because it is critical to giving doctors the tools they want and need to improve care."

To support and catalyze these efforts, Stand for Quality identifies distinct roles for the public and private sectors to work in partnership to measure quality and use those results to drive continuous improvement. Measurement and reporting of health care services are crucial to achieving the essential goals of reform - quality, affordability, and access for all.

Stand for Quality recognizes that standardized measures and public reporting create a strong foundation to share what works and inform care delivery that is patient-centered, safe, and effective. "Our recommendations build on the successes of work already underway to create an integrated national infrastructure that will put into the hands of providers of care, purchase
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