August 1998 Bulletin

3 accreditors to standardize assessments

The American Medical Accreditation Program, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance have formed a 15-member Performance Measurement Coordinating Council to bring consistency to their independent assessment initiatives.

AMAP is beginning to define quality standards for individual physicians. The Joint Commission evaluates hospitals and other health care facilities and networks. NCQA is the main accreditor of health plans.

Standardizing data requirements, validation systems and risk adjustments, is "a way of getting the kind of information doctors can transfer into the care of patients and ultimately use to improve outcomes,"said Randolph D. Smoak Jr., MD, chair of the AMA Board of Trustees.

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