Inventory of HHS Quality Measures Released
An inventory of quality measures used for reporting, payment, or quality improvement by its agencies and operating divisions was recently announced by Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS measures inventory is available on the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Web site. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a press release that he is calling on national, regional, state and local policymakers, health care executives and clinicians to take advantage of tools the inventory provides, work toward a uniform set of measurements for assessment, and provide clear reports about the quality and value of health care to stakeholders. The measures can be sorted by agency or operating division and can be downloaded in their entirety. Further enhancements are planned.