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QASC Work Groups
Focus: The Cost and Price Transparency Workgroup produced a set of guidelines for reporting cost and price information and recommendations for payers, providers, and third party entities that should be made publicly available to consumers. This workgroup is reconstituting to review the original recommendations, determine whether to revise the original document or develop another document, and use real-world examples to describe the how cost and price information should be provided to consumers.
Episodes of Care Work Group
Co-Chairs: Charles Cutler, Independent Consultant and Gregg Meyer, Partners Healthcare
Focus: Developing a comprehensive approach to efficiency that includes examination of the overall system, group and individual physician. In order to get at the issue of efficiency, episodes of care are being evaluated. This work group is developing a plan to evaluate episodes of care and efficiency of services as well as primary responsibilities for the care provided i.e., system, physician, or jointly between physician and system.
Measure Implementation Work Group
Co-Chairs: Lew Sandy, United Health Care and Paul Tang, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Focus: Providing strategic guidance on methods of data aggregation, best practices from the public and private sector, and selecting measures in ways that support the overall QASC vision of advancing a high-quality, affordable, patient-centered health care system.
National-Regional Implementation Work Group
Co-Chairs: Jim Chase, Minnesota Community Measurement and Diane Stollenwerk, National Quality Forum
Focus: Establishing effective communication channels between national and regional organizations. The work group will develop a resource guide for new and developing regional collaboratives, as well as make recommendations on effective ways of implementing national practices at the regional level.