The American Health Quality Association, the trade group for Medicare quality improvement organizations, released a code of conduct addressing board structure, board and executive compensation, conflicts of interest and travel reimbursement. The AHQA asked members to promptly adopt the code, approved by its board last month. So far, 17 of 40 QIOs in the group have done so, an official said. According to the code, "consumer representation is essential" on QIO boards, and organizations should seek mechanisms to "continuously infuse" board deliberations with new and different perspectives. In addition, at least one-third of board members should not be compensated by the QIO or contractors of the organization.
Trade group issues ethics code for Medicare QIOs
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