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Stand for Quality

Stand for Quality

America’s Essential Hospitals has joined with more than 75 other organizations in endorsing the Stand for Quality recommendations, which outline a series of six quality measurement and improvement proposals for health care reform.

Stand for Quality members represent a diverse cross-section of private health care organizations who have called on Congress to support the performance measurement reporting and improvement enterprise. Stand for Quality’s recommendations—Building a Foundation for High Quality, Affordable Health Care: Linking Performance Measurement to Health Reform—are based on extensive input and dialogue from diverse stakeholders across the health care system.

Stand for Quality’s current efforts are focused on a long term strategy to extend current funding for measure endorsement and to secure funding (an additional $20 million per year) for measure development. Specifically, funding will support ongoing endorsement of measures for high-priority conditions; endorsement of measures that cross settings and conditions; support new areas of measurement, such as value-based purchasing and registries; and work to facilitate the transition to eMeasures.

The six recommendations, presented to the president and members of Congress, include the following:

  • Set national priorities and provide coordination for quality improvement.
  • Endorse and maintain nationally standardized measures.
  • Develop measures to fill gaps in priority areas.
  • Ensure that providers and other stakeholders have a role in developing policies on use of measures.
  • Collect, analyze, and make performance information available and actionable.
  • Support a sustainable infrastructure for quality improvement.
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