National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
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October 30, 2002

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The federal government should take the lead in improving the safety and quality of treatment provided to the nearly 100 million beneficiaries of six government health care programs, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The government should give financial rewards to hospitals and doctors who improve care, and should collect and make available to the public data comparing the quality of care among providers. Given the size of these six programs, enhancing the quality of care in them is likely to carry over and improve the rest of the health care system, said the committee that wrote the report.

Gilbert Omenn, Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics, and Public Health University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor and Chair, Committee on Enhancing Federal Health Care Quality Programs.