The Institute of Medicine plans to end its two-day meeting in Washington tomorrow with a set of measurable goals for improving care and outcomes in five areas: asthma, chronic heart failure, depression, diabetes and cancer-pain control.
Also on its agenda are community-based efforts to standardize performance measurement and the publication of results.
The meeting is a follow-up to the IOM's 2001 report "Crossing the Quality Chasm," its second major report arguing for a transformation of healthcare practices.
In the keynote speech today, Institute for Healthcare Improvement CEO Donald Berwick, M.D., said errors are not the fault of caregivers but of a poorly designed healthcare delivery system and poor allocation of resources.
"It's time to end the myth that we don't have enough money in American healthcare," Berwick said. "We have 40% too much."