IHI's Jim Conway asked me to post this announcement:
The Commonwealth of MA Health Care Quality and Cost Council will be holding its Annual Meeting on June 25 from 8:30 am to noon.
For the last year the QCC has worked to:
• Establish statewide goals for improving quality, containing costs, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities ; and demonstrate progress toward achieving those goals. Areas of focus have included chronic and end of life care, patient safety, and building a road map for cost containment. Info on each can be found at the QCC website.
• Disseminate, through a consumer-friendly website and other media, comparative health care cost, quality, and related information for consumers, health care providers, health plans, employers, policy-makers, and the general public. Updates to and enhanced community education about the website occurred.
The keynote speaker will be Cathy Schoen, Senior Vice President at the Commonwealth Fund, and lead researcher on the Commission on a High Performance Health System’s State Scorecard. Ms. Schoen will be speaking about health care system redesign and aligning outcomes with payment reform while sharing new data from the Commissions’ 2009 State Scorecard. A panel of local reactors will feature Senator Richard Moore, Dr. Charlotte Yeh of AARP, Dr. Randy Wetheimer of Cambridge Health Alliance, and Eileen McAnemy of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The Council will set its agenda and priorities for FY10 in small work groups with audience members.
The meeting will be held at the Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center at UMASS Medical School. A light breakfast will be available for $5 a person. Please register here.