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City Foundation Helps to Set Health Measures

Proposed standards that will have an effect on hospitals nationwide, come from the fourth floor of a nondescript office building off Memorial Drive.

Taking instructions from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality developed 10 measures to let patients, employers and others measure up to the quality of hospital-based outpatient care.

Outpatient settings take in emergency rooms, hospital-affiliated clinics and ambulatory surgery centers.

Why are the changes?

Adding performance measures to the outpatient setting is part of the trend in the direction of transparency in health care. They help in making cost and quality information obtainable to the public, the foundation said. Inpatient hospitals publicly have reported performance data on heart and pneumonia care since 2004.

In 2006, they added measures to curb surgical infection.

The proposed rules are set to take effect next year.

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