Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Role in Health Care Quality Improvement: Hearing Before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate

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William Frist
DIANE Publishing, Sep 1, 1998 - 75 pages
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Hearings leading to the reauth. of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). This hearing focuses on the current activities and recent products of this agency as they relate to health care quality improvement. Witnesses: John Eisenberg, AHCPR; Sherrie Kaplan, NE Med. Cntr; Fiona McTavish, Center for Health Syst. Res. and Analysis, Univ. of WI; David Knouse, Rand Corp.; David Edwards, Eastman Kodak Co.; Cary Sennett, Nat. Comm. for Quality Assurance; Barry Greene, Med. Group Mgt. Assoc.; Stuart Butler, Heritage Fdn.; Paul Clayton, Amer. Med. Informatics Assoc.; William Tierney, Soc. of General Internal Med.
 

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