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Chair of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Pledges to Recommend Re-evaluation of Recent Glaucoma Findings
Date:10/24/2007

ion the substantial impacts on quality of life resulting from poor vision...We need to make progress in prevention" said Dr. Mark McClellan. Further, he stated that "One of the most important things is having an open and transparent process on how to interpret [medical] evidence and how to develop it further. It is very important to have a broad range of perspectives accounted for in setting priorities for evidence based practice guidelines."

The National Commission for Quality Assurance was represented by Dr. Joachim Roski. NCQA is the organization that has inserted a glaucoma screening measure into the HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) scale, by which quality of health insurance plans is assessed. Dr. Roski informed the conference that NCQA has examined the USPSTF finding in the face of other expert opinion and published science, and had decided to retain its glaucoma screening measure regardless of the USPSTF's determination upon reconsideration of its glaucoma recommendation.

Dr. Ned Calonge, Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health, State Epidemiologist, and Chair of the USPSTF, responded to the presentations by thanking the group for the thoroughness and respect with which the program had been assembled. He openly recognized the significance of the newly presented data in closing the gap that had led to a finding of "insufficient evidence." While he could not speak unilaterally for his task force members, he promised to bring the information to them with a recommendation that they take the extraordinary step of re-evaluating their findings related to glaucoma in advance of their normal five-year cycle.

The Glaucoma Foundation President and CEO, Scott Christensen, applauded the work of the conference participants in moving towards a consensus on glaucoma screening policy, which will have an enormous benefit for the millions of Americans at-risk for developing the disease. Dr. Dennis McBride, Pre
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