Measuring the quality of care in different settings.
Docteur, Elizabeth R
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As HCFA initiates next generation of health plan performance measures, the agency must address challenges associated with
measuring the quality of care in all of the settings in which Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries obtain care. One such challenge
will be to integrate health plan performance measurement and health care quality measurement initiatives, which have been
proceeding separately. Of equal importance is the challenge to improve coordination across the diverse, setting-specific quality
measurement initiatives now in various stages of development or implementation by HCFA. Finally, HCFA must address the challenge
of improving the collection, reporting, and analysis of data needed for health care quality measurement. This article describes
these challenges and suggests steps HCFA might take in addressing them.