Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In asserting
that current quality improvement efforts are "sporadic at best,"
the consensus statement published by the Institute of Medicine's
(IOM's) National Roundtable on Health Care Quality1
overlooks the recent accomplishments of the nation's network of
quality improvement organizations (QIOs). Quality improvement
organizations are nonprofit, community-based, physician-sponsored
organizations that collaborate with health care
professionals, health insurance plans, and
hospitals to analyze health care patterns and interpret and share
information about current science and best practices.
Golden WE, . Defining and Improving Health Care Quality. JAMA. 1999;281(11):984-985. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-11-jbk0317