The Institute of Medicine plans to end a two-day meeting in Washington tomorrow with a set of measurable goals for improving care and outcomes in five areas -- asthma, cancer pain control, chronic heart failure, depression and diabetes. Also on the 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 said errors are not the fault of caregivers but a badly 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." -- by Jeff Tieman
IOM meeting focuses on asthma, other key areas
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