Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Project

This grant provides support to four pilot communities (Seattle, Memphis, Minneapolis and Detroit) under the Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality: The Regional Market Project. This National Program will help communities develop and align three key drivers of quality improvement--measurement and public reporting, provider improvement and consumer engagement. The overarching goal of this program is to help communities dramatically increase the number of people who get the care they need to manage their chronic conditions. This approach is consistent with the Institute of Medicine's recommendation for aligning multiple market forces in a particular geographic area, and the program is a key element of the Foundation's Quality Team's strategic objective "to accelerate performance improvement on nationally adopted measures of outpatient chronic care quality through local market demonstrations."The four communities will design programs that will demonstrate that at the end of three years the community has: (1) made substantial improvement in the measurement and public reporting of relevant performance information using an ambulatory care measurement set that includes patient experience measures and closely follows the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended ambulatory care measurement set; (2) made substantial progress on a sustainable community-wide capability to help providers improve the quality of care; and (3) substantially helped consumers act on the publicly reported care information.Selected communities will each receive grants of up to $600,000 for three years to use for planning, convening and coordinating, and program infrastructure development. The community grantees will also have access to pooled technical assistance roughly equivalent to $500,000 per community.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $634,404.00

Awarded on: 6/26/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 4/30/2008

Grant Number: 57377


MN Community Measurement

Broadway Place East, Suite 455
3433 Broadway Street, N.E.
Minneapolis, 55413-2553


James A. Chase
Project Director