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Register now for conference on quality-based health care purchasing

Health care purchasing and reimbursement arrangements can significantly influence the quality of care delivered to patients. However, structuring reimbursement to positively impact quality is a new concept to purchasers and a new field of research.

To disseminate current knowledge on quality-based purchasing and share preliminary insights from progressive pay-for-performance projects, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has joined with the Alliance Health Foundation and the Employer Health Care Alliance Cooperative to cosponsor a 2-day symposium on the subject. The symposium, "Quality-Based Health Care Purchasing: Disseminating Knowledge & Gaining Insights into Progressive Projects," will be held May 5-6, 2004, in Madison, WI.

Among the invited attendees are representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Group, the National Business Coalition on Health, the National Quality Forum, State Medicaid offices, quality improvement organizations, researchers, and others involved in the field.

The registration fee is $75, and the deadline for registration and fees is April 23. For questions about the symposium or to request registration information, contact John Bott at (608) 210-6615 or via E-mail to

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