NU Online News Service, Feb. 25, 2005, 3:56 p.m. EST

A major health quality standards group has included Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Newt Gingrich on its 2005 health quality awards list.[@@]

The group, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, is honoring Clinton for “championing the call for more rigid standards in the area of health care quality” and Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, for his work on health care quality improvement, diabetes screening and other initiatives.

NCQA plans to give a total of 6 2005 quality awards. One of the other award recipients will be Mary Tyler Moore, who has been active in efforts to fight juvenile diabetes.

Many observers have suggested the Clinton may be a contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and that Gingrich may be speaking out on health policy issues to position himself as a contender for the Republican nomination.