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Monday, October 3, 2011

NEW TMA QUALITY COUNCIL GETS SOME EXPERT DIRECTION

Frank Villamaria, MD, chair of the new TMA Council on Health Care Quality, is passionate about quality and determined to get his new council off on the right foot. Dr. Villamaria and I met with TMA President Bruce Malone, MD, and Ken Shine, MD, executive vice chancellor for health affairs at The University of Texas System and former president of the Institute of Medicine. Among the issues we agreed the council should address are patient safety, clinical effectiveness, and what the focus on measuring quality will mean to practicing physicians.

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