Ten new quality measurescovering the assessment and treatment of prostate cancer, the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, and the standardization of breast and colorectal cancer pathology reportswere approved by the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement at a meeting today in Washington.
The consortium, which includes more than 100 specialty and state medical societies, has now developed 184 physician quality measures covering conditions such as asthma, heart failure and hypertension. In all, the consortiums measures cover conditions that represent 80% of Medicare spending, and 80% of the measures included in Medicares new Physician Quality Reporting Initiative rely on Consortium-developed measures, an AMA news released stated.
The consortiums next scheduled meeting is Oct. 4-5, at the Chicago OHare Renaissance Suites hotel. -- by Andis Robeznieks