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NCQA Releases Annual Report

Published: Sunday, May 23, 2004 - 22:00

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has released its annual report, "The Value of Care and Caring About Value."

Focused on health care quality, the report is intended to benefit employers and consumers showing increasing interest in the topic.

"Questions about value are being asked, particularly among purchasers, because we are wasting tremendous resources in our health care system and sometimes harming patients as well," says NCQA president Margaret E. O’Kane. "Medical technologies, the types of health plans being offered, the role of the patient and the way we buy health care have all been transformed. To continue to drive quality improvement, NCQA’s measures and methods must evolve accordingly. This means measuring value."

The report features an interview with Harvard health economist, Joseph Newhouse, who explains how and why the health care sector often fails to reward value and what can be done about it. The report also includes an essay examining how employers, policy makers, consumers and others have different perspectives on health care value, a profile of the veterans health system, which has invested heavily in medical information technology leading to improvement in clinical quality and cost savings, and an overview of NCQA’s effort to adapt its accreditation and measurement programs to better meet the information needs of today’s market.

NCQA’s annual report is available by clicking here.


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