Quality Field Notes features key lessons learned by regional alliances of clinicians, patients, and payers in Aligning Forces for Quality communities as they work to transform local health care and provide models for national reform. The third topic in this series focuses on how engaged patients can lead to improved health and health care. Patients without the skills to manage their...

Across Maine, patient-centered medical homes and their community care teams are improving quality and patient outcomes while reducing overall health care costs. Funded in part by RWJF’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative, Maine’s Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot has a broad reach—not only coordinating patients’ care and serving as a reliable resource, but also linking patients to services like food banks and mental health case workers. Results from the medical home initiative include a 40 percent reduction in readmissions at one participating...
Health care costs are measured in trillions of dollars and typically illustrated on a national scale. This wide-angle view can be difficult to relate to and comprehend, but zooming in to look at the spending in one town offers a home perspective that people can understand. China, Maine, a small town with just over 4,500 residents, has started a ripple effect across the country and is spreading the word about the rising costs of health care and its impact upon municipalities.
Town manager of China, Maine, Dan L’Heureux, who is also a board member...

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Maine is led by Maine Quality Counts (QC), in partnership with the Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC) and the Dirigo Health Agency’s Maine Quality Forum (MQF). Established in 2004 by a network of 35 organizations, QC is a multi-stakeholder statewide regional health care collaborative committed to working across organizations and communities to improve health care systems and outcomes for the people of Maine. QC, MHMC and MQF work to coordinate existing but disparate efforts across the state that promote local, coordinated systems of care and the resources that support them. The goals of the Maine AF4Q Alliance are to improve health status, promote consistent delivery of high quality care, improve access to health care and contain costs.

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Maine Quality Counts
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Manchester, ME 04351
Lisa Letourneau
Maine Quality Counts
Executive Director
Ted Rooney
Maine Quality Counts
Project Director