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Consolidation of Medical Quality Assurance Governance Structure Only a Partial Solution, Report No. 01-50, October 2001
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State law divides responsibilities in the Medical Quality Assurance Program between the Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. Bifurcation has led to some duplication in program oversight as well as diffused accountability, disputes and poor coordination between staff of the two agencies. The program also has several problems unrelated to divided governance, including performance concerns and inherent conflicts in the regulatory process. A 2002 OPPAGA report will further address program performance issues.
  • If the Legislature determines that the current problems are serious enough to warrant consolidating the program within a single agency, we believe that the optimal placement choice would be in the Department of Health.
  • If the Legislature determines that consolidation is not warranted, we recommend that the two agencies work together to improve program accountability, controls, and coordination.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Medical Quality Assurance
Health Quality Assurance

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Auditor General Report No. 2005-043 Operational Audit:  Department of Health, Health Care Practitioner Disciplinary Process, Results of a Joint Study by the Auditor General and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, published in October 2004.
  • Report No. 04-71 Progress Report: Medical Quality Assurance Improves Accountability System; Information Tracking Concerns Persist, published in October 2004.
  • Report No. 03-06 Justification Review:  While Medical Quality Assurance Improving, Licensure Needs Increased Accountability, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 01-24 Justification Review: Health Care Regulation Program Agency for Health Care Administration, published in May 2001.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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