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Trade and Professional Groups
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, AHRQ works towards "Improving the Quality, Safety, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Health Care For All Americans."
The Joint Commission
"The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards."
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
"NCQA’s programs and services reflect a straightforward formula for improvement: Measure. Analyze. Improve. Repeat. NCQA makes this process possible in health care by developing quality standards and performance measures for a broad range of health care entities."
National Health Policy Forum
Based at George Washington University, and comprised of health policy analysts, this group "offers a range of educational programming designed to help congressional and federal agency staff become better informed about current health policy issues."
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
"The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves."