Hospitals and physicians’ offices spend undue time and money to meet the administrative requirements of multiple accrediting and regulatory bodies, MCOs, MBHOs, and other plans. Much effort is devoted to reporting data relevant to performance measures. The administrative burden of these requirements needs to be minimized, and the results of data collection need to be meaningful and useful to clinicians and administrators. In concert with APA’s Council on Quality Care and Committee on Quality Indicators, QIPS staff is working with counterparts at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the NASMHPD Research Institute, and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems to build a consortium of stakeholders and to identify “core measures” for use by psychiatric inpatient services. The JCAHO appears receptive to a preliminary proposal, and with a great deal of hard work, collaboration, and good fortune, national core measures for inpatient care will be proposed in 2005.