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National Quality Forum Testifies at U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing
Date:5/7/2013

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

The National Quality Forum (NQF) today testifies before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, at a 10:00am hearing focused on options for repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and reforming the Medicare physician payment system to reward quality and value.

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, will offer remarks on behalf of NQF. Dr. Opelka serves as Vice Chair of NQF’s Consensus Standards Approval Committee—tasked with overseeing measure evaluation and endorsement—and is a member of the NQF-convened Measure Applications Partnership, a public-private partnership that reviews performance measures for potential use in federal public reporting and performance-based payment programs. A trained surgeon, Dr. Opelka’s primary job is as Executive Vice President for Health Care and Medical Education at Louisiana State University as well as Associate Medical Director for the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Opelka will address the importance of quality measurement in building a more patient-focused health care system that improves outcomes and reduces costs. Specifically, his remarks will focus on the following:

  •     Quality Measurement is Key. Quality measurement and quality improvement should be at the center of any physician reform proposal or any effort to improve care and reduce costs in the health care system.
  •     Measures Must Be Rigorous. Quality measures that distinguish differences in performance and are used in high stakes reporting and payment programs must be “high quality” – meaning they have been subject to a rigorous review process using the best scientific and clinical evidence.
  •     Using a Multi-Stakeholder Process is Critical. To improve health care, stakeholders need to agree how to define quality and high performance
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