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Cleveland Conference: Quality Healthcare Can and Should Cost Less
Date:3/16/2009

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 inadequ
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