Medicare Takes Major Step Toward Improving Quality of Care

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Protecting Medicare Trust Fund Is Also Goal

Medicare took another major step today to improve health care quality and protect the Medicare Trust Fund by launching an ambitious billion dollar program that will provide consumers with better information on the quality of care they receive and reward providers for the quality of care they deliver.

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Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said reporting, improving and rewarding quality will be at the heart of the 8th Statement of Work for the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), a nationwide network of contractors dedicated to improving quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.

"Focusing on quality will keep Medicare strong for generations to come," Dr. McClellan said.

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