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 latest topic in this series focuses on regional collaboratives. Regional collaboratives provide unlikely partners—including purchasers, payers, consumer advocates, clinicians, and others—a neutral setting in which collective goals and actionable strategies can be established. For the past eight years...

Lisa Lamkins’ son is obsessed with two things: weight lifting and his cystic acne. Lamkins went to the Internet in search of a quality weight-lifting bench and a good dermatologist. Which task do you think was simpler? Lamkins likened her experience in searching for a dermatologist to her experience as a consumer representative with the Wisconsin Alliance. During meetings, acronyms flew right over her head. She advocated for easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-interpret health information. Consumers too often have to do the heavy lifting in assessing health care quality...

Bundled payment models hold the promise of driving down health care costs while improving health care quality. As pilot projects have been conducted in the field, common barriers and themes have emerged, including administrative implementation hurdles, data and technology challenges, new emphasis on engaging patients in their care, and questions of whether true costs savings can realistically be achieved. This brief addresses the successes and challenges encountered in a recent bundled payment pilot project in Wisconsin, as well as the underlying transformative...

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Wisconsin is led by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ). Established in 2002, WCHQ is a voluntary consortium of organizations learning and working together to dramatically improve the health and increase the value of healthcare for the people of Wisconsin. The mission of WCHQ is to publicly report and bring meaning to performance measurement information that improves the quality and affordability of healthcare, in turn improving the health of individuals and communities.

  • A 28-member board of directors—including private-sector purchasers, consumers, physician groups and hospitals—governs WCHQ.

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View the Public Reporting Website Here.

View the Wisconsin Hospital Association Public Reporting Website Here.

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Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
7974 UW Health Court
PO Box 628578
Middleton, WI 53562
Cindy Schlough
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Mr. Chris Queram M.A.
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
President and CEO