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QUALITY: IOM meeting focuses on asthma, other key areas while Berwick puts it to the sword

The IOM just held a two day meeting to follow up on the 2001 report on Crossing the Chasm, which focused on the quality of chronic care management. This meeting focused on how to make real improvements in the areas of Asthma, Depression, Diabetes, Heart Failure and Pain Control. (I presume that no one from the DEA was there to discuss how locking up doctors improves pain control). Don Berwick was there and gave what sounds a pretty raucous speech about how we’re wasting our money in the health system.  If you haven’t read his speech called Escape Fire, then take a few minutes and do so.

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