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ACP: Diverse approach best way to improve quality

From the June 1997 ACP Observer, copyright 1997 by the American College of Physicians.

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources last month, ACP recommended that legislators take a multipronged approach to assure quality in federally funded health programs.

In a presentation to the committee, ACP President William A. Reynolds, FACP, said that any federal quality initiative should achieve the following goals: develop uniform data requirements to better measure quality; give beneficiaries enough information to make informed decisions; identify best practices and disseminate that information to physicians and patients; and reform the medical liability system.

In its testimony, ACP commended the committee for tackling quality legislation but noted that the bills introduced by Sen. James M. Jeffords (R-Vt.), who serves as chair, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), should require that health programs collect and report satisfaction information not only from patients, but also from physicians.

Click here for the full text of ACP's testimony.

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