More than 165 organizations announced that they have developed a quality-improvement framework through a new coalition dubbed Stand for Quality.
The public-private coalition, led by organizations including Americas Health Insurance Plans, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and the National Quality Forum, said in a news release that its recommendations outline the ways in which quality improvement should play a role in healthcare reform.
The coalition recommends the healthcare industry: set national priorities; endorse nationally standardized measures; develop measures and ensure all stakeholders have a role in developing policies on using measures; collect and report performance information; and support a sustainable quality-improvement infrastructure.
As more dollars are invested in health information technology, providers should ensure that technology is linked to quality of care, the coalition said in its framework. Clinician use of health IT should be tied to demonstrable improvements in care and use of resources, with data securities and the collection of performance information built into the system for regular use, according to the framework.