A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds the Department of Health and Human Services lacks appropriate controls to monitor contracted work by the National Quality Forum to deliver to HHS national health care quality measures.

Since contracting with the National Quality Forum in January 2009, HHS has used or planned to use 164 of 334 measures it received as of August 2011, according to GAO, a congressional investigatory agency. Many of the measures are existing ones converted to an electronic format. HHS, for instance, has used 44 converted measures in the electronic health records meaningful use program.

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