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AHCPR To Support New Quality Measurement Network
Press Release Date: June 4, 1996
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research is accepting
proposals to create a new national
resource for quality measurement. The project, to be called the
Quality Measurement Network
(QMNet), ultimately may aid in the creation of a free-standing
The purpose of QMNet is to further the state of the art in
clinical performance measurement and
to assist clinicians, quality improvement managers, health care
administrators, health plans, and
purchasers in identifying and using clinical performance
Our goal is for QMNet to become a comprehensive, publicly
accessible quality measurement
resource that helps both the public and private sectors to
improve the quality of care delivered in
this Nation," said AHCPR Administrator Clifton R. Gaus, Sc.D.
QMNet will focus on maximizing the capabilities of CONQUEST 1.0
(the Computerized Needs-Oriented Quality Measurement Evaluation
System), a landmark computer tool designed to make
it easier for health plans, providers and purchasers to identify,
choose and use clinical performance
measures. These measures can help estimate the extent to which
health care providers deliver
clinical services appropriate for each patient's condition;
determine whether services are provided
safely, competently and in the appropriate time frame; assess
communication with patients and
evaluate outcomes from services provided.
CONQUEST 1.0 provides two interlocking databases that permit
users to identify and evaluate
approximately 1,200 clinical performance measures and 52 clinical
conditions. CONQUEST 1.0
also allows users to code and enter their own measures using its
structure and classification
system. CONQUEST 1.0 is the result of an earlier AHCPR-supported
project that developed a
typology for classifying and assessing clinical performance
Through advice of an expert panel, the QMNet contractor will
examine and evaluate the
framework of CONQUEST 1.0, modifying and expanding it where
necessary and appropriate to
improve its clinical relevance and value. The contractor also
will develop a feasibility study for
transforming QMNet into a self-supporting entity at the end of
the contract period.
This solicitation was published in the May 14 Commerce
Business Daily and was released May
29. The closing date for proposals is July 15.
For copies of the QMNet Request for Proposal (AHCPR 96-0005),
send a written request to:
AHCPR Contracts Management Staff, Executive Office Center, Suite
601, 2101 East Jefferson
Street, Rockville, MD 20852,
Attention: Al Deal.
For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: or Salina Prasad, (301) 427-1864.