Reform in Action: Can Publicly Reporting the Performance of Health Care Providers Spur Quality Improvement?

Insights from Aligning Forces for Quality

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) alliances have been pioneers in collecting and publicly reporting data on the care provided by local physicians and hospitals, and are beginning to see their impact when it comes to improving quality. The real challenge is turning the idea of transparency into the reality of quality improvement on the ground.

In less than a decade, the push for transparency in health care has come a long way. There are public reports on the quality or cost of care provided by hospitals or physicians in every state except Alaska, Idaho, and the District of Columbia.

Measuring and publicly reporting on the quality and cost of care is crucial to improving quality and lowering health care costs nationwide, and serves three important purposes: 1) it enables patients to make informed choices about their care and be better partners with their doctors; 2) it allows health care professionals to see where they can improve and motivates them to improve their performance; and 3) it allows consumers and purchasers to see the value they are getting for their money.

Aligning Forces for Quality is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in 16 targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide tested local models that help propel national reform.

Series//AF4Q in Action

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  1. The 16 AF4Q alliances have been pioneers in collecting and publicly reporting data on the care provided by local physicians and hospitals.

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  2. Choosing Measures To Report

    Jim Chase discusses how the Minnesota Aligning Forces for Quality alliance chose its measures to report.
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  3. Developing Composite Measures

    Chris Queram discusses how the Wisconsin Aligning Forces for Quality alliance developed its "roll-up" measures.
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The 16 AF4Q alliances have been pioneers in collecting and publicly reporting data on the care provided by local physicians and hospitals.

The 16 AF4Q alliances have been pioneers in collecting and publicly reporting data on the care provided by local physicians and hospitals.

Learn more about AF4Q

The 16 AF4Q alliances have been pioneers in collecting and publicly reporting data on the care provided by local physicians and hospitals.

Learn more about AF4Q

Anne Weiss, team director and senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talks about the benefits of public reports.

Anne Weiss, team director and senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talks about the benefits of public reports.

Anne Weiss, team director and senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, talks about the benefits of public reports.