News | March 27, 2007

Industry Leaders Meet to Discuss Improving Patient Care

March 28, 2007 - The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), recently testified before the American Health Information Community (AHIC) Quality Workgroup on specific challenges that need to be addressed in the industry-wide drive to advance quality patient care, stressing an urgency to develop a standardized set of core performance measurements while resolving data collection, aggregation and reporting issues as soon as possible.

The testimony of both organizations was based on findings from “Collecting and Reporting Data for Performance Measurement: Moving Toward Alignment,” an AHIMA and MGMA joint report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The report is the outcome of AHRQ’s National Conference on Health Care Data Collection and Reporting, which took place in November 2006. More than 50 of the nation’s most influential health care leaders, from both public and private stakeholder organizations, met in Chicago with AHRQ, AHIMA and MGMA to discuss approaches to current problems related to performance measurement reporting.

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