Blue Shield of California, San Francisco, has gathered a 20-member board of industry experts from throughout California to advise the health plan on patient safety, quality and performance measurement issues. The board will advise Blue Shield on the use of existing and emerging quality measures, such as those from the Leapfrog Group and the Patients' Evaluation of Performance in California survey, and identify opportunities to collaborate with consumer advocates, employers, hospitals and physicians to improve healthcare quality. "By convening medical professionals within the provider community, we have the greatest opportunity to establish consistent guidelines for how quality is measured and reported," said David Joyner, the health plan's senior vice president. One near-term project will be gathering input on the use of quality measures in the health plan's hospital tiering program, which classifies hospitals based on comparative quality and costs. -- by John Morrissey
Calif. Blues creates advisory board on quality issues
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