Health care providers are increasingly being paid based on the value of the services they provide instead of the quantity, in the hopes of both improving quality and controlling costs. Aligning Forces for Quality alliances have worked with physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers and other stakeholders to develop and implement systems to measure and publicly report performance.
Journalist Bruce Japsen examines how hospitals and health systems participating in the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality have embraced new payment systems that...
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) has found its strength in quality measurement and public reporting with a natural evolution that has ushered in a complementary focus on improvement. These mechanisms, hand in hand, have led to advancing its mission to increase health care value and improve the health of people in Wisconsin. Essential to these accomplishments are WCHQ members and stakeholders, including health systems, medical groups, hospitals, purchasers, and consumers.
WCHQ has spurred quality improvement...
Since 2010, The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)—a multi-stakeholder alliance working to improve quality—and the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform (PHPR) have worked with other organizations in Wisconsin to support providers and health plans in experimenting with innovative payment models. As part of that work, PHPR created two pilot projects: a bundled payment for total knee replacement and a shared savings project for adults living with diabetes.  However, uptake of the new bundled payment pilot and shared savings projects has been slower...

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.

View the Alliance's Website Here.

View the Public Reporting Website Here.

View the Wisconsin Hospital Association Public Reporting Website Here.

Contact Us

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