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AMA develops measures of doctors' performance

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:506
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has agreed to government requests to develop evidence based measures of doctors' performance in collaboration with groups representing medical specialties and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    The association has convened the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement to develop by consensus 140 evidence based measures of doctors' performance in 34 clinical areas. The consortium includes representatives from more than 70 national medical specialty and state medical societies, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administer the Medicare health insurance programme for elderly people and the Medicaid programme for children and people with low incomes.

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