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Health Care Expert Applauds NCQA for Developing New Quality Measures for Accountable Care Organizations with Consumer Input

Current Draft Reflects Patient-Centered Vision for New Health Care Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. — October 19, 2010 — This week the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released draft criteria for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a promising new model of health care delivery. A statement from Kirsten Sloan, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, follows. Sloan sits on the NCQA panel of experts responsible for developing the draft criteria.

“We applaud NCQA’s commitment to drafting these standards with consumer input and we are extremely encouraged that the draft standards currently reflect many of the needs of patients particularly those with multiple chronic conditions and their families.

ACOs are new provider-based models of health care delivery that seek to meet the health care needs of a defined population. This new model has the potential to improve the way care is delivered, but only if ACOs are designed and built in ways that result in truly patient-centered care. The NCQA standards were developed with the guidance of a multi-stakeholder task force, including representation from consumers and patients, which is key to making sure ACOs are patient- and family-centered.

NCQA now seeks public comment on the draft criteria, creating another important opportunity for consumer input.”

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

 

The Campaign for Better Care is working to protect vulnerable older patients with multiple health problems and ensure they can access well-coordinated, quality health care. The Campaign for Better Care is led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, Community Catalyst, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the National Health Law Program — and funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.