The Institute of Medicine estimates that up to 30 percent of the $2 trillion in annual health care spending in the U.S. is duplicative or unnecessary. This includes spending on unproven treatments, ineffective drugs, and unnecessary hospitalizations that can be a burden to both the patient and the provider. Increasing prices for treatments and overall costs also have troublingly little relationship to good health care outcomes. Improving health care and reducing unnecessary treatments requires objective measurements of quality and costs.

What happens when you combine information on the social determinants of health with disease data? You get the Coalition for a Livable Future’s unique web-based mapping tool, called the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0. For the first time, the Equity Atlas now includes data from the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp) that allows users to overlay disease incidence rates with social factors like walkability of neighborhoods and access to grocery stores. This information can be used to assess how well different populations across the four-county Portland metro region can access key...

Bridging the Gap

More than 80 participants gathered in Dallas September 19-20 to discuss bridging the gap between health care and population health. Representatives from each Alliance and outside guests, community partners involved in population health projects, joined staff from the National Program Office and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to share experiences—both successes and frustrations—as they move toward addressing population health issues as they continue their work with Aligning Forces for Quality—and beyond.

The meeting...

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Oregon is led by the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Quality Corp). Established in 2000, Quality Corp is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon by leading community collaborations and producing unbiased information. The Quality Corp Board of Directors includes 25 members representing health plans, physicians, hospitals, policymakers, consumers and employers. Quality Corp’s consumer engagement program, Partner for Quality Care, provides Oregonians with information they can use to get high-quality care.   

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Ms. Mylia Christensen
Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation
Executive Director