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June 5, 2013

The Future of Quality Measurement for Improvement and Accountability

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC (Drs Conway, Mostashari, and Clancy); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Conway); Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington, DC (Dr Mostashari); and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland (Dr Clancy).

JAMA. 2013;309(21):2215-2216. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4929

The Affordable Care Act expands access to health insurance and includes numerous provisions focused on delivering care that is high quality, safe, and affordable. Reliable and meaningful quality measurement that focuses on important outcomes, including patient experience throughout the health care system, is an essential prerequisite for achieving this goal. In this Viewpoint, we describe the characteristics of the quality measurement enterprise of the future, outline a potential roadmap for the transition, and identify a set of opportunities for public- and private-sector collaboration.