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National Quality Forum Spring Conference; Leaders in Healthcare Quality to Focus on National Priorities and Care Coordination
Date:3/12/2008

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the National Quality Forum:h

WHAT: National Quality Forum (NQF) Implementation Conference on Care Coordination and 2008 Spring Membership Meeting. A full agenda is available at http://www.qualityforum.org.

March 26: Spring Membership Meeting. The membership meeting will be a dialogue between NQF membership and leaders of the National Priorities Partners, a group of 27 organizations convened by NQF that is identifying a short list of "high-impact" national priorities for measurable improvement in America's healthcare system.

March 26-28: Implementation Conference on Care Coordination. Sessions will focus on innovative payment approaches to facilitate care coordination and patient engagement, as well as:

-- the healthcare "home",

-- proactive plan of care and follow-up that anticipates needs and tracks progress,

-- communications available to all team members including patients and families,

-- the use of standardized integrated electronic information systems with functionalities essential to care coordination, and

-- transitions (or "hand-offs") between settings of care.

WHO: NQF's almost 400 members are leaders from all parts of the healthcare system, including national, regional, state, and local groups representing consumers; public and private purchasers; physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers; accrediting bodies; supporting industries; and organizations involved in healthcare research/quality improvement.

WHEN: March 26-28, 2008

WHERE: Grand Hyatt Atlanta, 3300 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305

REGISTER: Media registrations guidelines are available at http://www.qualityforum.org

The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve
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