Healthcare Quality Resources

Links to State and National Quality Initiatives

Medical care in the U.S. is monitored by government agencies and special interest groups. These groups evaluate and report on the quality of care provided by hospitals and other health care providers. A few prominent agencies and groups are listed below.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports research to improve healthcare quality. The AHRQ consumer website contains patient education on many healthcare topics.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement – 5 Million Lives Campaign, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a participant in this national effort to reduce hospital deaths by 5 million lives. As of June 2006, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates that over 122,300 lives had been saved through this initiative. Due to the success of the initial campaign, in December 2006 the goal was raised to 5 million lives by December 2008. The project is ongoing.

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Healthcare Systems, Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health.

Acumentra Health, This nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. They collaborate with practitioners, providers, public agencies, and private organizations on a wide range of healthcare improvement projects and programs.

U.S. Health and Human Services – Hospital Compare Tool,This easy-to-use online tool allows consumers to compare hospital performance with national performance in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia care, and in the prevention of surgical infections.

The Joint Commission, The Joint Commission is the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare regulating organization. The Joint Commission evaluates the quality and safety of care for more than 15,000 health care organizations.

American Medical Association, Board-certified physicians have been trained in specialized areas of medicine. For information on board certification for a specific physician visit the AMA website.
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