In its highly anticipated third report on healthcare quality, the Institute of Medicine called on the federal government to play a lead role in developing clinical standards and taking other major steps to improve quality in the industry. The IOM recommended that the six federal healthcare programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Defense Department's Tricare, the Veterans Health Administration and the Indian Health Services -- develop standard performance measures to help the industry's multiple "stakeholders." The industry has struggled without "clear, consistent signals" on how to assess and improve quality, the report said. "The current set of activities has not closed the quality gap and is unlikely to do so in the future," said Gilbert Omenn, M.D., chairman of the IOM's committee that produced the report. For more on this story, go to www.modernhealthcare.com. -- by Jeff Tieman
IOM: Onus is on the federal government
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