The Ambulatory-care Quality Alliance, a public-private coalition, announced support for 26 measures of quality-of-care in outpatient settings. The announcement by the AQA follows the release last month by the National Quality Forum of a draft set of about 50 performance measures for ambulatory care. Most of the 26 measures are part of the NQF draft set. Douglas Henley, executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the ambulatory-care coalition's members, said the group felt it was important to immediately identify a "starter set" of measures that providers and payers could agree upon "because many payers and Congress (are) looking to 2006 to implement some performance measures." The NQF board of directors is not expected to approve a final consensus set of ambulatory-care measures until mid-summer or early fall. Having a basic list of consensus measures enables payers to begin devising pay-for-performance initiatives for outpatient care, Henley said. See the AQA set. -- by Joseph Conn
Group issues 'starter set' of outpatient measures
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