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Payments to CEO raise new conflicts at top health quality group

ProPublica, February 13, 2014
The top executive at the country's pre-eminent health care quality organization is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by two large medical companies that have a stake in the group's work. The payments to Dr. Christine Cassel raise new conflict-of-interest concerns at the National Quality Forum, which endorses benchmarks that Medicare uses to compensate hospitals based on performance. As ProPublica recently reported, the Quality Forum is reviewing its conflict-of-interest policies after being stung by allegations that the former co-chair of one of its endorsement committees had accepted kickbacks to help a drugmaker win favorable treatment.