To the Editor: I am writing to clarify a statement made in the article by Drs Snyder and Anderson on quality improvement organizations (QIO) and the quality of hospital care.1 In the first sentence of the Comment section, reference is made to a study of the QIO program currently under way at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The study and findings referred to in the second sentence are not that of the IOM, but rather the current article by Snyder and Anderson. The statement concerning findings is not in any way associated with any work done by the IOM. The IOM study of the QIO program is in progress and has not released any interim findings.
Shortell SM. Quality Improvement Organizations and the Institute of Medicine. JAMA. 2005;294(6):680. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.680-c