The former head of a major health plan quality organization is helping to set up a body that will assess wellness and care management initiatives.

The new Population Health Impact Institute, Cincinnati, will evaluate and accredit the health improvement programs, PHII organizers say.

Garry Carneal, who was president of URAC, Washington, from 1996 to 2005, will be chairman of the PHII, PHII organizers say.

The PHII will require health improvement organizations to disclose potential conflicts of interest, use reasonable statistical techniques to back up their claims, and design performance studies to ensure that any assessments involve comparisons of “apples and apples” rather than apples and oranges, organizers say.

The PHII is recruiting volunteers to serve on a standards committee.