Quality Matters November 2005

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<p><br><br>Welcome to <a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=19528&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecmwf%2Eorg%2Fpublications%2Fpublications%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D318260%26%23doc318260">Quality Matters,</a> a monthly roundup of news and opinion on quality measurement, information technology, quality improvement initiatives, and policy innovations. In this issue, we launch a new feature, Perspectives, in which health care leaders will share their ideas and experiences on various topics. Perspectives will complement the Issue of the Month by offering views of those who "think" and "do" health care quality. <br><br><strong>Issue of the Month: Specialists and Performance Measurement--Future Directions</strong><br />Physicians and their professional organizations have remained notably absent from the national discussions driving the development of physician-level quality measures. This is despite the fact that the measurement of physician performance--both at the group and individual level--is believed by many to be inevitable. <a href="/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=318260#issue">More</a><br><br><strong>News Briefs</strong><br />Selected stories on patient safety, health care quality, and information technology from the professional literature. <a href=" http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_…; ABIM Foundation Perspective: Professional Momentum Is Building for Performance Measures</strong><br />There is evidence to suggest that professional engagement in quality measurement is underway. The stock of measures to support quality assessment and improvement is growing, and the will to use those measures in practice may be at an inflection point, as certifying boards use their professional authority to drive measurement into clinical practice in an environment in which payers make the positive business case for quality more likely. <a href="/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=318260#casestudy ">More</a><br><br><a href="/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=318260#recentpubs ">Recent Publications of Note</a><br><br><a href="/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=318260#recenteds">Recent Editorials of Note</a></p>