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BOSTON, ORLANDO, DALLAS, SAN FRANCISCO and CHICAGO host meetings on hospital quality

CMS Announces Meeting to Discuss Public Reporting on the Quality of Hospital Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will sponsor a public meeting in Boston on Tuesday, April 27 from 9am-noon at the Hilton Logan Airport to solicit input from health care consumers, payers, plans, providers and purchasers regarding its ongoing initiative to provide hospital-specific formation on clinical quality.

Meetings are also planned during May and June in Orlando, Dallas,San Francisco and Chicago. The Dallas meeting will be Tuesday, June 8, 2004 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. at the Cooper Guest Lodge, 12230 Preston Road. Phone: (972) 386-0306. The time and location for the other meetings will be announced in the near future.

The CMS Hospital Quality Initiative, launched in 2003, aims to refine and
standardize hospital data, data transmission, and clinical performance measures in order to construct a single robust, prioritized and standard quality measure set for hospitals that all private and public purchasers, oversight and accrediting entities, payers and providers of hospital care would use.

This CMS initiative supports the efforts of the National Voluntary Hospital Reporting Initiative (NVHRI) as well as future CMS “pay for performance” and other hospital quality efforts. As part of the NVHRI, hospitals across the country are currently voluntarily reporting a “starter set” of 10 clinical performance
measures for three clinical conditions (heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia) on the CMS website

The objective of these five public meetings is to provide CMS with feedback and
comments which, together with input from CMS’s collaborators in the NVHRI, will be incorporated in a final set of clinical quality measures which CMS will take forward in late 2004. These public meetings will provide a unique opportunity to assess the face validity of and demand for measures proposed for the next round of public reporting on the clinical quality of hospital care, as well as to obtain more general opinions from audiences of end-users. With input from public and private sectors and consumers, CMS will identify a robust and prioritized set of measures, some of which are ready for the immediate next phase of public reporting and others of which might require refinement or
further testing, as well as areas where additional measures development will be necessary to adequately address priority areas identified by the Institute of Medicine and others.

The agenda for the April 27th meeting in Boston will include
o 9am-9:30am: Introductory remarks by CMS
o 9:30am-10:30am: “Reactor panel” discussion involving local representatives from the health care consumer, payer, plan, provider and purchaser communities
o 10:30am-11am: Questions for panelists
o 11am-noon: Further discussion among meeting participants.

More information about this meeting can be found at You can
register for the meeting at

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