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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), and Pharmacia are calling on physician-directed organizations with at least three providers to apply for a safety grant as part of the Safety Collaborative for the Outpatient Environment (SCOPE) initiative.
Ten grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to applicants. Proposals are due by the end of June, and projects should start by September.
Organizations with patient safety projects that already are under way are eligible to apply, provided the project has not been completed.
Applications will be blinded and reviewed by a panel of nationally recognized experts who are not employed by AMGA, NCQA, or Pharmacia. Applications will be evaluated with respect to the number of people who could be impacted if the project was implemented widely and the health and fiscal impact if successful; innovation and creativity in the approach; soundness and feasibility of the proposed intervention(s); strength and appropriateness of the evaluation plan and measures; applicability of the project to other practices; and clarity and readability of the application.
More information is available at www.amga.org/AMGA2000/QMR/OMC/scope_omc.htm.