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This article is a direct result of the Health Care Quality Improvement Program initiated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has encouraged identification of quality improvement projects derived from analysis of patterns of care, and therefore required no special funding on the part of this contractor.
ESRD HEALTH CARE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM In September 1993, a meeting was convened with the Networks and the renal community to discuss ideas for redefining the efforts of the ESRD Networks to improve the quality of care for ESRD patients (McClellan et al.
Towards this end, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the peer review organizations (PROs) introduced the health care quality improvement program (HCQIP) in 1992 (1).
This project is part of a larger partnership between HCFA and the PROs known as the Health Care Quality Improvement Program (HCQIP).