West Michigan

Phil Baty is a family doc. His patient, Rick, is a 62-year-old Bible-carrying truck driver with multiple health problems. Baty has been his doctor for 22 years. In the past, his visits have been spent dealing with the latest health problem, rather than managing all his chronic conditions. Now, with new tools like care managers, his practice can be proactive and review cases. His practice now has evidence-based practices and clear targets. Baty is achieving the “quadruple aim”—the triple aim plus the added benefit of doctors feeling a little bit less insane. Baty was able...


Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the visionary effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to pilot real change in today's complicated health care system. For the past six years, AF4Q has brought together 16 geographically, demographically, and economically diverse communities across the United States behind a common purpose—to create sustainable models for health care transformation. Our ideas and initiatives have led to improvements in how health care is delivered, reductions in racial and ethnic disparities, and increased...

By now, it is well known that “super-utilizers” account for only five percent of patients but accrue more than 60 percent of health care costs. These patients make frequent trips to hospital emergency rooms or have repeated inpatient hospital stays, resulting in costly health care, but not necessarily high-quality care.

Aligning Forces for Quality...

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in West Michigan is led by The Alliance for Health (the Alliance), a 60-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership corporation operating as a regional health improvement collaborative. The Alliance represents those who receive care, give care and pay for care, including providers, citizens, employers, community organizations, government, organized labor, academic institutions and health plans. Its mission is encouraging optimal health for all through high quality health care services at the lowest cost.

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West Michigan
The Alliance for Health
1345 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 256
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
 
 
616-248-3820
Paul Brand
Executive Vice President