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Performance measurement : accelerating improvement / Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Performance Measures, Payment, and Performance Improvement Programs, Board on Health Care Services.
p. ; cm.—(Pathways to quality health care)
Includes bibiographical references.
ISBN 0-309-10007-0 (hardback)
1. Medical care—United States—Quality control. 2. Medical care—Standards—United States. 3. Performance—Measurement.
I. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Performance Measures, Payment, and Performance Improvement Programs. II. Series.
[DNLM: 1. Quality Assurance, Health Care—methods—United States. 2. Quality of Health Care—standards—United States. W 84 AA1 P32 2006]
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