The National Voluntary Hospital Reporting Initiative will conduct "listening sessions" in five cities, beginning with an April 27 meeting in Boston, to discuss how next to expand the performance measures it's developing for hospital quality. The sessions will prompt providers, payers and consumers for individual views on new measures to be included in the public-private initiative, according to an announcement in the Federal Register. About 1,500 hospitals have signed up to report 10 measures to the CMS for posting on a Web site; 12 additional measures are slated to be added by May 2005. The program, launched in December 2002, is a joint effort of the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in cooperation with the CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Quality Forum. Registration for the Boston session, which is free and open to the public, is being coordinated by IPRO, the Medicare quality improvement organization for New York. Register online at ipro.org or call 800-852-3685, ext. 258. Subsequent sessions will be held in Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, Fla., and San Francisco. -- by John Morrissey
CMS to seek advice on expanding quality initiative
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