Aligning Forces for Quality is driving health care transformation in communities across America, but can bringing together the people who give care, get care and pay for care can improve quality in America? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 16 AF4Q communities are showing that it can.
After six years, AF4Q communities have built transformative partnerships, often where none existed before:
- Data on quality, cost and patient experience measures are being collected and publicly reported.
- Practice coaches are deployed in hundreds of primary care practices.
- Hospitals are improving care from the emergency department (ED) to the bedside.
- Patients are playing a crucial part in transforming health care.
- New models for care delivery and organization are being implemented.
- Innovative payment reform is becoming a reality.
Today, 37.7 million people in all 16 AF4Q communities now have access to information on the quality of care provided by local providers through reports that are publicly available. And all AF4Q communities are working to incorporate measures of cost and efficiency into these reports. The results of these public reports have led providers to improve care.