Regional Quality Coalitions Meet, Form Network to Promote Quality in Health Care

Meeting to document the value of leading regional quality measurement and improvement collaboratives and to promote their further use

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners convened a meeting to explore the role of regional health care collaboratives in promoting quality in health care.

The meeting, Leading Regional Quality Collaboratives, took place September 8–9, 2005 in Bloomington, Minn.

Key Results:

  • The meeting included representatives from leading regional quality collaboratives in four markets:
    • California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative and its Breakthroughs in Chronic Care Program.
    • Massachusetts Health Quality Partners.
    • Minnesota Community Measurement.
    • Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.

    Representatives from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) also attended.
  • Some attendees later formed the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, an association of regional quality coalitions comprising meeting attendees and other regional quality coalitions.
  • The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement completed a report, "Regional Coalitions for Healthcare Improvement: Definition, Lessons, and Prospects," summarizing the meeting discussions and further describing the role of regional quality collaboratives.

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