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Quality

U.S. doctors to establish performance measures

The American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org) has reached an agreement with Congress to develop about 140 standard measures of performance for physicians covering 34 clinical areas by the end of 2006, the New York Times reports.

The deal “comes as the Bush administration pushes ‘pay-for-performance’ arrangements with various healthcare providers in an effort to publicize their performance and link Medicare payment to quality,” and it “mirrors efforts” from consumer groups, insurance companies and large employers to have more information on quality of care, the Times reports.

Performance measures to be developed by AMA will be intended to provide information on whether physicians follow best practices when treating patients.

According to the agreement with Congress, signed on Dec. 16, 2005, doctors beginning in 2007 will report to the federal government “on at least three to five quality measures per physician.” The agreement adds that physicians “should receive” some additional payment to reflect the costs of collecting and reporting the data.

“By the end of 2007, physician groups will have developed performance measures to cover a majority of Medicare spending for physician services,” according to the agreement. The agreement was signed by AMA Chair Duane Cady, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Reps. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) and Bill Thomas (R-Calif.)

 

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