William Rollow, MD, MPH; Terry R. Lied, PhD; Paul McGann, SM, MD; James Poyer, MS, MBA; Lawrence LaVoie, PhD; Robert T. Kambic, MSH; Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH; Allen Ma, PhD; Edwin D. Huff, PhD; Lawrence D. Ramunno, MD, MPH
Disclaimer: The opinions herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Disclosure: William Rollow, MD, MPH, had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge Judith B. Kaplan, MS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Mark Gottlieb, PhD, New Mexico Medical Review Association; Meghan B. Harris, MS, Ohio KePRO; Michael J. McInerney, PhD, Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation; and Rodney J. Presley, PhD, Georgia Medical Care Foundation, for their insights and helpful suggestions. They also thank the data team at the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (Kris Mattivi, Beth Stevens, Steve Anderson, and Laura Palmer) and Sean Hunt of Quality Insights of Pennsylvania for expert assistance in trending the nursing home and home health measures.
Grant Support: All funding for this work was provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: All authors work for the federal government on administering the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program or work in a Quality Improvement Organization as one of the program contractors.
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Current Author Addresses: Drs. Rollow, Lied, and McGann, Mr. Poyer, and Mr. Kambic: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mail Stop S3-02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
Dr. LaVoie: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Kansas City Regional Office, 601 East 12th Street, Suite 235, Kansas City, MO 64106.
Drs. Bratzler and Ma: Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, 14000 Quail Springs Parkway, Suite 400, Oklahoma City, OK 73134.
Dr. Huff: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Boston Regional Office, JFK Federal Building, Boston, MA 02203.
Dr. Ramunno: Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation, 15 Old Rollinsford Road, Suite 302, Dover, NH 03820.
Rollow W, Lied TR, McGann P, Poyer J, LaVoie L, Kambic RT, et al. Assessment of the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:342-353. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-145-5-200609050-00134
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(5):342-353.
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