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Taken by itself, this opinion leader research cannot demonstrate an improvement in outcomes, but its convergence with the outcomes data on the effect of this practice pattern shows how the quality improvement exercise can be linked to better outcomes (AHQA 2000).
Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, is president of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA).
The two approaches for patient protection need to be reconciled, says AHQA Executive Vice President David Schulke.
Recently, Sylvia Gaudette Whitlock, director of government affairs for the American Health Quality Association (AHQA)--the membership organization for the state Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) that are spearheading this effort--provided an update to Nursing Homes/Long Term Care Management Editor-in-Chief Richard L.
Whitlock: For further information, the AHQA Web site [www.ahqa.org] has a "QIO Locator" arranged by state, as well as a "QIO Nursing Home Quality Initiative Contacts" section arranged by state.
During a teleconference late last year involving four healthcare organizations, David Schulke, executive vice-president of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA), acknowledged that budget restraints will prevent QIOs from providing direct assistance to all facilities that request it.
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