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Quality-Focused Organizations

Provided below is an assortment of links to quality-focused organizations. If there are other sites you feel belong on these pages, please e-mail

AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement

The Consortium's mission is to improve patient health and safety by identifying and developing evidence-based clinical performance measures that enhance quality of patient care and foster accountability; promoting the implementation of effective and relevant clinical performance improvement activities; and advancing the science of clinical performance measurement and improvement.

The Consortium's vision is to fulfill the responsibility of physicians to patient care, public health, and safety by becoming the leading source organization for evidence-based clinical performance measures and outcomes reporting tools for physicians and ensuring that all components of the medical profession have a leadership role in all national forums seeking to evaluate the quality of patient care.

Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance

In September 2004, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), joined together to lead a collaborative effort for determining, under the most expedient timeframe, how to most effectively and efficiently improve performance measurement, data aggregation, and reporting in the ambulatory care setting.

The mission of this effort—the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA)—is to improve health care quality and patient safety through a collaborative process in which key stakeholders agree on a strategy for measuring performance at the physician level; collect and aggregate data in the least burdensome way; and report meaningful information to consumers, physicians, and other stakeholders to inform choices and improve outcomes.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is a reliable source of energy, knowledge, and support for a never-ending campaign to improve health care worldwide. The institute helps accelerate change in health care by cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care and turning those ideas into action.

National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a private, not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

The mission of the NQF is to improve American health care through endorsement of consensus-based national standards for measurement and public reporting of health care performance data that provide meaningful information about whether care is safe, timely, beneficial, patient-centered, equitable, and efficient.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has gathered resources on quality and patient safety. Resources provided included tips for preventing medical errors, promoting patient safety, and measuring health care quality; consumer assessment of health plans; evaluation software; report tools; and case studies. This is a comprehensive government resource.