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AQA Invitational Meeting

Performance Measurement, Data Aggregation, and Reporting


To identify critical issues in ambulatory care performance measurement, this invitational meeting was held November 8-9, 2004. This meeting was held in response to public demands for accountability, purchasers' sense of urgency with respect to public reporting of quality, and a shared goal of uniformity in performance measurement to facilitate both reporting and improved care delivery.

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The meeting was convened by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), America's Health Insurance Plans, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American College of Physicians (ACP). Its timing coincides 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.

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy chaired the meeting, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark McClellan delivered some keynote remarks.

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