Secretary Leavitt to present the Chartered Value Exchange designation and
meet with community leaders during March 20 visit to Portland
PORTLAND, Ore., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of the organization's efforts to improve care and physician practices in Oregon, The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Quality Corp) is receiving the Chartered Value Exchange designation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS is recognizing 14 community-based organizations around the country
as the first Chartered Value Exchanges, and Secretary Leavitt will
personally recognize Quality Corp during his Portland visit. The
organization is being recognized for taking clear actions to convene
community purchasers, health plans, providers and consumers to advance
value-driven health care.
Specifically, Quality Corp is focused on the following efforts:
-- Giving people information that helps them be better partners with their
doctors in managing their own health.
-- Learning how doctors and hospitals how they can make improvements in
caring for patients.
-- Helping purchasers get the information they need in order to buy high
value health care.
-- Encouraging systems to get patients' information to where it is needed
for good care.
"Quality health care happens when doctors, nurses and patients are all on the same team with the same expectations," said Nancy Clarke, Executive Director of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. "Information about cost and quality, provided in the right way, can encourage a much stronger partnership between patients and their provider teams, leading to better health."
The Quality Corp, in addition to other groups receiving the
designation, will receive access to Medicare provider performance
information for their communities, which can be combined with similarly
calculated private-sector results to produce
|SOURCE Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation|
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