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Additional Resources on Quality Assessment and Improvement

Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)

  • Accredits hospitals and other health care organizations
  • Offers publications on conducting assessment and developing indicators/criteria
  • Has published a library of indicators/criteria

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

  • Accredits managed care organizations and PPOs
  • Developed indicators/criteria, including three on pediatric oral health care
  • Offers publications on accreditation processes
  • Has information on HEDIS (Health Employer data Information Set)

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.

  • Accredits managed care organizations, ambulatory care facilities, including dental practice management companies.

American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ)

  • Offers courses in quality assessment, improvement and management for CME credit.

American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians

  • Offers educational programs and certification in health care quality and management for all health care professionals

American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (also known as URAC)

  • Accredits managed care organizations and PPOs
  • Is establishing standards for health oriented web sites
  • Offers educational conferences on quality assessment and management

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)

  • Is the lead federal agency on quality of care research
  • Supports and provides information on health outcomes research , evidenced based care, quality measurement, and technology assessment
  • Identifies strategies to improve access, foster appropriate use of services, and reduce unnecessary expenditures
  • Coordinates its quality improvement efforts through the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force
  • Maintains the National Guideline Clearinghouse

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Sources of Dental Guidelines/Parameters/Treatment Protocols/ Position Statements/State of Science Statements

American Academy of General Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Periodontology

American Association of Endodontists

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

American Association of Orthodontists

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

American College of Prosthodontists

American Dental Hygienists Association

National Guidelines Clearinghouse

National Institute of Dental Research

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