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WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the National Quality Forum:

WHAT: National Quality Forum (NQF) conference, "Waste Not, Want Not: The Right Care for Every Patient" focuses on reducing waste in healthcare to provide care that not only costs less but is higher quality. The Conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, patient advocates and other stakeholders to discuss ways to eliminate the $600-700 billion in wasteful spending in America's healthcare system.

WHO: The National Quality Forum. An Organization whose mission is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. NQF, a nonprofit organization with diverse stakeholders across the public and private health sectors, was established in 1999 and is based in Washington, DC.

A keynote address by Denis Cortese, CEO of Mayo Clinic, will address how less expensive care can be world-class care, and why more care is not better. A Dartmouth report commissioned for the White House estimated that if all hospitals were to adopt the practices of Mayo, national healthcare spending would be reduced by 30 percent.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25 from 5 - 9 pm, Thursday, March 26, from 8:30 am - 5pm and Friday, March 27 from 8:30 am - 12 p.m.

WHERE: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

WHY: America spends at least twice as much per person on healthcare as other rich countries. Yet for $2.2 trillion a year, Americans receive care that is highly variable in quality and safety, and results in shorter life expectancy, avoidable errors, and inadequate health insurance coverage. An estimated 30 cents of every dollar we spend on healthcare is spent on unnecessary and even unsafe care. Underuse, misuse and overuse of healthcare takes many forms, often exposing patients to unnecessary harm and squanders resources that could be used to provide services to the 61 million Americans who lack adequate insurance and access to the healthcare system.

Overuse has been identified by the National Priorities Partnership - a group of 28 organizations from across the healthcare system - as a National Priority for healthcare reform. The current economic crisis highlights the growing need for affordable healthcare that is free of waste for every patient.

The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. NQF, a nonprofit organization ( with diverse stakeholders across the public and private health sectors, was established in 1999 and is based in Washington, DC.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

5:00 PM Keynote: A Vision of a U.S. Healthcare System Without Waste

Denis Cortese, president and CEO, Mayo Clinic

6:00 PM Perspectives on Reducing Waste in American Healthcare

Moderator: Gerald Shea, AFL-CIO

Linda Burnes Bolton, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

J. Michael Henderson, Cleveland Clinic

David S.P. Hopkins, Pacific Business Group on Health

David Nexon, AdvaMed

7:00 PM Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 26, 2009

8:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

Janet M. Corrigan, President and CEO, National Quality Forum

8:45 AM Keynote: Overuse in Clinical Care: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wendy Everett, President, New England Healthcare Institute

9:45 AM Specialty Societies' Perspectives on Overuse Moderator: Bernard M. Rosof, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement convened by the American Medical Association

Norman B. Kahn Jr., Council of Medical Specialty Societies

Paul V. Miles, American Board of Pediatrics

Frank G. Opelka, American College of Surgeons

John Tooker, American College of Physicians

11:00 AM Preventive Services--the Balance of Underuse and Overuse

Moderator: George Isham, HealthPartners

Eduardo J. Sanchez, Chair, National Commission on Prevention Priorities

Mary Barton, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

1:00 PM Unwarranted Tests & Diagnostic Procedures

Moderator: Christopher Hebert, Cleveland Clinic

Joel V. Brill, American Gastroenterological Association

Lucy Glenn, Virginia Mason Medical Center

David L. Witte, College of American Pathologists

1:45 PM Preventable Hospitalizations & Emergency Department Visits

Moderator: Brent R. Asplin, Mayo Clinic

Bruce Bagley, American Academy of Family Physicians

Nick Fitterman, Huntington Hospital, NY

Gerri Lamb, Arizona State University

Roger Resar, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

2:30 PM End of Life: Too Much Acute Care, Too Little Palliative Care

Moderator: Maureen P. Corry, Childbirth Connection

John Mastrojohn III, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Sean Morrison, National Palliative Care Research Center

Naomi Naierman, American Hospice Foundation

3:30 PM Keynote: Communicating with Consumers about Reducing Consumption in Other Sectors

Matt Williams, EVP, Partner, The Martin Agency

4:15 PM Building Awareness that "More is Not Necessarily Better"

Moderator: Steven Findlay, Consumers Union

Marilyn Schlein Kramer, Partnership for Healthcare Excellence

Lawrence M. Becker, Xerox Corporation

Friday, March 27, 2009

8:30 AM Welcome

Dwight McNeill, Vice President of Education, National Quality Forum

8:45 AM Reducing Overuse in Communities

Moderator: Dianne Radigan, Cardinal Health Foundation

Randall D. Cebul, Better Health Greater Cleveland

Ronald L. Copeland, Kaiser Permanente

Rob Edmund, Ohio Business Round Table

9:30 AM Unwarranted Procedures

Moderator: Frank G. Opelka, American College of Surgeons

Nancy K. Lowe, School of Nursing, University of Colorado

Peter K. Smith, Duke University

10:30 AM Overuse of Medications

Moderator: Dana Gelb Safran, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Jill Martin Boone, College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati

Paul V. Miles, American Board of Pediatrics

Robert M. Plovnick, American Psychiatric Association

11:15 AM Keynote: Patient Engagement and Decision Making in Reducing Waste

James Weinstein, Director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

12:00 PM Adjourn

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