The CMS outlined its strategies to improve healthcare quality in a 19-page "roadmap," promising to develop effective pay-for-performance programs, publish provider quality data, drive adoption of better patient-care technology and information systems, and work in partnership with providers and other government agencies. The CMS also said it redesigned and strengthened its quality council -- now chaired by CMS Administrator Mark McClellan -- and created work groups on IT, pay-for-performance, performance measurement and preventive medicine, among other key areas. The report said providers and other healthcare stakeholders were showing "new willingness to come together in partnerships" with the CMS, and the agency "intends to meet the responsibilities that its influence imposes." Read the report. -- by Joseph Conn
CMS describes long-term quality-improvement strategies
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