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AQA Invitational Meeting
The AQA held its fourth meeting to review the activities of three workgroups on performance measurement, reporting, and data sharing and aggregation. The meeting was held April 26, 2006.
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The AQA (formerly known
as the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance) aims to improve health care quality
and patient safety through a collaborative process in which key stakeholders:
on a strategy for measuring performance at the physician level.
and aggregate data in the least burdensome way.
meaningful information to consumers, physicians, and other stakeholders
to inform choices and improve outcomes.
AQA's mission and goals
focus on key areas that can help identify quality gaps, control skyrocketing
costs, reduce confusion and burdens in the marketplace, and otherwise address
the challenges of the current health care system.
The timing of this stakeholder
process has coincided with a growing interest in rewarding high-quality
providers (through "pay for performance" or "p4p")
and clinicians' burgeoning interest in adopting health information technology
to enhance the quality, safety, and efficiency of care delivery.
The April 26, 2006, AQA meeting was convened to review the activities of AQA's three workgroups
- Performance measurement.
- Data sharing and aggregation.
Carolyn Clancy, director
of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was chair of the
meeting, and Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS), delivered keynote remarks.