A call for nominations of medical groups that are following Institute of Medicine guidelines to close their quality chasms went out last week from the American Medical Group Association.
The 2004 AMGA Acclaim Award will go to the member group deemed most successful in applying the six aims as outlined in the IOM's 2001 report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. According to the IOM, the healthcare industry needs to deliver care that is safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable.
The winning group will receive a $50,000 grant to continue its healthcare improvement efforts. An additional $20,000 award is set aside for a small to mid-size group, defined as having fewer than 150 physicians. Three runners-up will be eligible for $10,000 grants.
The application can be accessed online at amga.org/QMR/Awards/acclaim_awards.asp.