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LEADING NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE QUALITY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

 Report Cards' to Consumers Part of
 Bold New Health Care Reform Initiatives
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty major U.S. managed health care plans, backed by leading business and consumer representatives, are joining together to support the development and the implementation of a system of measures that will allow health plans, consumers and purchasers to better assess the quality of health care that is provided to the American public.
 The establishment of a quality coalition of this scope is a first for the health care industry.
 Participating health care plans, which represent more than 55 million members across the nation, include:
 -- Aetna Life & Casualty Company
 -- AV-MED Health Plan
 -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
 -- CIGNA Employee Benefits Division
 -- Community Health Plan
 -- Fallon Community Health Plan
 -- Family Health Plan
 -- Group Health Association, Inc.
 -- Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound
 -- Group Health/MedCenters
 -- Harvard Community Health Plan
 -- Harvard Community Health Plan of New England
 -- Health Alliance Plan
 -- Health Care Plan
 -- Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York
 -- Health Net
 -- Health Services Medical Corporation
 -- Humana, Inc.
 -- Intergroup Healthcare Corporation
 -- Kaiser-Permanente
 -- Matthew Thornton Health Plan
 -- MetLife Insurance Company
 -- Pacificare Health Systems, Inc.
 -- Prudential Insurance Company of America
 -- RUSH Health Plans
 -- Travelers Insurance Company
 -- Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.
 -- United HealthCare Corporation
 -- U.S. Healthcare, Inc.
 -- The Wellness Plan
 Among the U.S. companies represented in the coalition to date are:
 -- Aluminum Company of America
 -- Bank of America
 -- Chrysler Corporation
 -- Ford Motor Company
 -- General Electric
 -- Hewlett-Packard Company
 -- Ropack Corporation
 -- Western Digital
 -- Xerox Corporation
 In addition, the following associations are supporting the coalition: American Managed Care and Review Association, Group Health Association of America, Managed Health Care Association, The HMO Group and the Washington Business Group on Health.
 According to William Link, executive vice president for Prudential, "The goals of the system under development are three-fold: to continuously improve the quality of care provided to patients, to help consumers make the best choices given their different needs and preferences, and to help employers and individuals purchasing health care to get the best value for their money."
 Business leaders participating in this new initiate support its mission. Clark Kerr, vice president for government relations, Bank of America, has said, "As the health care debate becomes the focus of national attention, it must be recognized that quality, access to care and cost containment are all interrelated issues. In our own company's experience we've seen how aggressive prevention programs, such as mammography, child immunization and strong prenatal care, have contributed to the good health of our employees and their families. Coupled with utilization management practices that provide for the elimination of unnecessary procedures, we've also experienced significant cost savings. However, in the past, we have not had available to us meaningful comparable information on the quality of care provided by our various health plans."
 According to John Ludden, M.D., medical director of Harvard Community Health Plan, "Quality assessment and accountability must be components of any strategy for reform in order for it to succeed. This goal can only be achieved if a common language for health care quality is developed which everyone can understand."
 To meet this objective, members of the coalition and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) will work to establish a comprehensive health care quality measurement system that will effectively compare the performance of different health plans. According to Janet Corrigan, NCQA vice president for planning and development, "Putting the quality measurement program into action involves group acceptance of a set of common performance measures, collection of comparable data, auditing of the data collection process and ultimately providing comparative reports to the public and health plans." Member representatives from health plans, business, labor and consumer groups will be involved in all phases of the project.
 The group hopes to create a series of report card-like documents that would simply and effectively provide comparable information about the quality of different health plans to consumers and purchasers.
 Work on standard performance measures is already well under way by NCQA. The initial set of measures will be completed by March 1993. Comparable data is expected to be available to the public by 1994. NCQA is a non-profit quality review organization which will coordinate the activities of the coalition.
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 CONTACTS FOR MEDIA
 The following individuals are available for interviews concerning their organization's involvement in the health care quality measurement initiative with NCQA.
 Health Plan Representatives:
 -- John M. Ludden, M.D., medical director, Harvard Community Health Plan, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, Mass., 02146, 617-731-8230.
 -- Sheila T. Leatherman, president, Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, United Healthcare Corporation, 9900 Bren Road East, P.O. Box 1459, Minneapolis, Minn., 55440-8001, 612-936-7373.
 -- Don Nielsen, M.D., quality consultant, Permanente Medical Group, Interregional Services, One Kaiser Plaza, 23rd Floor, Oakland, Calif., 94612, 510-271-6456.
 -- Michael A. Stocker, M.D., executive vice president, U.S. Healthcare, 980 Jolly Road, Blue Bell, Pa., 19422, 215-628-4800.
 -- W. Allen Schaffer, M.D., assistant vice president, Quality Management and Training, Aetna Health Plans, Aetna Life and Casualty, 151 Farmington Ave., MC14, Hartford, Conn., 06156, 203-636-1982.
 -- Thomas Croswell, vice president, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, 56 N. Livingston Ave., Roseland, N.J., 07068, 201-716-2882.
 -- Richard A. Maturi, senior vice president, Health Care Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, 676 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, Ill., 60611, 312-440-5821.
 -- Susan Gleeson, executive director, Medical and Quality Management, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, 676 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, Ill., 60611, 312-440-5577.
 BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES
 -- Clark E. Kerr, vice president, Government Relations, Bank of America, 555 California St., Suite 2160, San Francisco, Calif., 94104, 415-622-8558.
 -- Patricia Nazemetz, director, Benefits, Xerox Corporation, 800 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, Conn., 06904, 203-968-3158.
 -- Helen Darling, manager, Healthcare Strategy and Programs, Xerox Corporation, 800 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, Conn., 06904, 203-968-3716.
 -- Tom Kilarski, supervisor, Employee Insurance Department, Ford Motor Company, World Headquarters, The American Road, Dearborn, Mich., 48121-1899, 313-322-5913.
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 /CONTACT: Janet M. Corrigan, Ph.D., or Margaret E. O'Kane of the NCQA, 202-628-5788, or Steve Rosen or Donna Bleznak of Weightman Public Relations, 215-561-6100, or evenings, 215-440-0783, for the NCQA/


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