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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 websites
  • 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

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