SOURCE: NCQA

October 12, 2009 14:22 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: NCQA's 2009 "State of Health Care Quality" Report Set for Release Thurs., Oct. 22

News Conference in Washington, D.C. and Call-In Scheduled

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) invites you to attend a news conference on Thursday, October 22, 2009 to release "The State of Health Care Quality: 2009."

Set against the backdrop of the ongoing health care reform debate, the report provides an exclusive look at how well the health system performed over the past year in key areas of care and service and identifies trends with special implications for reform efforts.

Among the questions addressed by this year's report:

--  What systemic obstacles to quality must be addressed by national
    health care reform legislation?
--  Why has performance on some key measures of health care quality failed
    to improve in the past year?
--  Why does health care quality continue to vary from region to region?
--  How are health care quality and health care spending related?
    

Presenters include:

Margaret E. O'Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance

Christie Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health

Vernon K. Smith, Ph.D., Principal, Health Management Associates

Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Capitol Health Plan, Tallahassee, FL

Martin Lustick, M.D., Senior Vice President/Corporate Medical Director, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester, NY

Thursday, October 22, 2009,
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT
Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AS SPACE IS LIMITED; OR, FOR CONFERENCE CALL DIAL-IN INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL: Ashley Carter (202) 955-5106; acarter@ncqa.org

For more information, visit www.ncqa.org/sohc

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

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