The following organizations (not a comprehensive list) have a strong focus on healthcare quality and safety.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is the nation’s lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety.
American Health Quality Association (AHQA)
The American Health Quality Association represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America. QIOs share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes. Working together with health care providers, QIOs identify opportunities and provide assistance for improvement.
American Hospital Association (AHA)
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association representing health care, insurance, law and other related professions. ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading health care organizations and government agencies.
Campaign Zero www.campaignzero.org
There are preventable hospital hazards which often result in harm to patients or even death. Medicare calls these hazards “Never Events” because they should never happen to you or someone you love in the hospital. You can campaign for patient safety too. Learn what you can do to help safeguard your loved ones in the hospital when they need you most at CampaignZERO.
Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME)
CCME is a non-profit, physician-sponsored healthcare consulting firm.
Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ) https://www.improvepartners.org
The Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ) is a national resource for quality improvement among public health organizations. CPHQ is a public-private partnership between the North Carolina Public Health Foundation (NCPHF) and the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH), funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, The Duke Endowment, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CPHQ’s mission is to collaborate with local, state, and national partners to transform the public health system to foster and support continuous quality improvement (CQI). We achieve this by providing training and tools, sharing what works in public health, promoting performance measurement, leading strategic QI initiatives, and engaging leadership to drive organizational change. Our vision is that all public health organizations will have an embedded culture of CQI that will help to achieve the highest possible level of health for all.
Alliant GMCF, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Georgia and North Carolina, convenes providers, practitioners and patients to build and share knowledge, spread best practices and achieve rapid, wide-scale improvements in patient care, and decreases in health care costs for all Americans.
Get Smart About Antibiotics
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week has been an annual effort to coordinate the work of CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.
Healthcare Communities www.healthcarecommunities.org
HealthcareCommunities.org (HC) is a web-based knowledge management system that provides multiple means for the healthcare quality improvement community to share knowledge and contribute to each others’ QI work. The HC’s Resource Center is a publicly-accessible repository for documentation, tools, and resources related to healthcare quality improvement. The HC also has private areas for organized quality improvement communities that are based around different clinical and operational interests, such as the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, 340B Peer to Peer, PSPC QIO ADE, Partnership for Patients (PfP), some of the Hospital Engagement Networks, BFCC, CRISP, Integrating Care for Populations & Communities (ICPC), Improve Health for Populations and Communities (IHPC), QIO Learning & Action Network (LAN), Medicare Wellness Power, State Health Access Program, and the general all encompassing HC Community. Community members use password-protected access to community-specific files, forums, calendars, listservs, and other tools and features.
Hospital to Home
The Hospital to Home (H2H) national quality improvement initiative is a collaboration of the American College of Cardiology and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to address the complex challenge of creating a coordinated health care team across different settings of care and to provide reliable, safe and health-enhancing transitions for patients. Studies have shown substantial opportunities to improve early rehospitalization rates, particularly for patients hospitalized with cardiovascular conditions like heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). H2H will provide hospitals and practices with proven evidence-based strategies and the tools and systems necessary to improve care transitions, empower patients and ultimately reduce preventable and costly hospital readmissions.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization driving the improvement of health by advancing the quality and value of hospital and health care services. Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI offers comprehensive products and services focused on measurable, improvements in healthcare quality.
Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP)
The Institute for Safe Medication Practice is dedicated to learning about medication errors, understanding their system-based causes, and disseminating practical recommendations that can help healthcare providers, consumers, and the pharmaceutical industry prevent errors.
The Joint Commission
Mission: To continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.
Joint Commission Resources www.jcrinc.com
JCR helps hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, laboratories, home care agencies and other health care organizations improve the quality of care and patient safety through a variety of resources—publications, software, educational conferences and webinars and consulting services.
The Quality Source
A Web site hosted by the North Carolina AHEC Program with several NC partners. This Web site keeps you up to date on significant education offerings and information about Quality and Patient Safety.. It is also a way for you to communicate what interests you may have so that the AHEC can work with you and our community partners to target your specific needs.
National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS)
The National Center for Patient Safety is a leader in patient safety culture. Its goal is the nationwide reduction and prevention of inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care with a focus on prevention, not punishment. The site offers many patient safety resources and tools.
National Priorities Partnership (NPP)
The National Priorities Partnership (NPP) offers consultative support to the Department of Health and Human Services on setting national priorities and goals for the HHS National Quality Strategy. Member organizations also play a key role in identifying strategies for achieving the aims of better care, affordable care, and healthy people and communities; and facilitating coordinated, multi-stakeholder action.
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
The National Patient Safety Foundation is a resource for individuals and organizations committed to improving the safety of patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does, including providing initiatives, tactics, tools, and informational resources.
National Quality Forum www.qualityforum.org
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a nonprofit organization that operates under a three-part mission to improve the quality of American healthcare by:
- Building consensus on national priorities and goals for performance improvement and working in partnership to achieve them;
- Endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and
- Promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.
North Carolina Alliance for effective Care Transitions (NC ACT) www.ncact.org
NC ACT is a gathering of stakeholders committed to improving transitions in care for all North Carolinians, across the continuum of healthcare. The mission of the group states that NC ACT includes all stakeholders to: connect services and resources, identify best practices and needs, and educate the public, providers and decision makers on person centered quality services and supports for optimal healthcare transitions.
North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality www.ncpublichealthquality.org
The North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality (NC CPHQ) is a public-private partnership between the North Carolina Public Health Foundation (NCPHF) and the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH), funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, The Duke Endowment, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NC CPHQ collaborates with state and local partners to provide training in quality improvement (QI) methods and tools and develops, leads, and supports strategic QI initiatives for the Division of Public Health and local public health agencies in North Carolina.
NC HHS Department of Epi HAI report epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/hai/figures.html
The prevention of healthcare‐associated infections (HAIs) is a public health priority in North Carolina and is a collaborative effort among the healthcare and public health communities. On this website, you will find information and reports issued from the Healthcare‐Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Program located in the Communicable Disease Branch of the Epidemiology Section of the North Carolina Division of Public Health. In April 2013, the HAI Prevention Program issued the April 2013 Healthcare‐Associated Infections Quarterly Report. Included in that report is information about infections occurring in North Carolina short‐term acute care hospitals, long‐term acute care hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities during January 1 – December 31, 2012. You will find this report, along with others, that will be useful to healthcare consumers and providers in North Carolina.
North Carolina Medical Society, Physician and Patient Resource Center
The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is the largest physician organization in the state, and devotes itself to representing the interests of physicians and protecting the quality of patient care.
Partnership for Patients www.healthcare.gov/compare/partnership-for-patients
The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. The Innovation Center at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has dedicated over $500 million to test models of safer care delivery and promote implementation of best practices in patient safety. As a part of the Partnership for Patients, CMS has awarded funding to 26 state, regional, national, or hospital system organizations to be Hospital Engagement Networks. As Hospital Engagement Networks, these organizations will help identify solutions already working to reduce health care acquired conditions, and work to spread them to other hospitals and health care providers. The North Carolina Quality Center, partnering with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, serves as the NoCVA Hospital Engagement Network.
Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively www.rarereadmissions.org
The RARE Campaign is supported by a broad and growing base of stakeholders in the Minnesota health care community. Its goal is to engage hospitals and care providers across the continuum of care in order to prevent 4,000 avoidable hospital readmissions in the state and surrounding areas between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. The RARE Campaign builds upon and expands work that has been going on for several years by many hospitals, medical groups, health plans and the Operating, Supporting and Community Partners. The campaign focuses on five key areas that, if not managed well, are known to be main contributors to avoidable hospital readmissions:
- Comprehensive discharge planning
- Medication management
- Patient and family engagement
- Transition care support
- Transition communications
Safe Surgery 2015 www.safesurgery2015.org
The Safe Surgery 2015 initiative is based at the Harvard School of Public Health. This initiative was developed to measurably reduce surgical infections, major complications, and death through effective population-wide implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Program. Their goal is to implement the checklist in every hospital in the United States and in 7,500 hospitals worldwide by 2015.
Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE)
The Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is funded by the General Assembly of North Carolina to serve the State. SPICE is not a regulatory agency but provides education and consultation to North Carolina healthcare facilities.
Strong Start www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/pregnancy_39weeks.html
The March of Dimes program on working together for stronger, healthier babies provides educational material, evidence and videos focused on preventing early elective deliveries.
Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT) www.safetyleaders.org
The Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT) is a medical research organization, founded in 1984, dedicated to accelerating performance solutions that save lives, save money, and build value in the communities they serve and ventures they undertake. TMIT applies the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) design principles of patient-centeredness, evidence-based medicine, and systems performance improvement.
Why Not the Best? www.whynotthebest.org
WhyNotTheBest.org was created and is maintained by the Commonwealth Fund. It is a free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. It enables organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. Case studies and improvement tools spotlight successful improvement strategies of the nation’s top performers. A regional map shows performance at the county, HRR, state and national levels.