The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit organization that operates 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 public reporting on performance; and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach. NQF's membership include consumer organizations, public and private purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, accrediting and certifying bodies, supporting industries, and healthcare research and quality improvement organizations.
The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) is a national public-private collaboration that is committed to making meaningful, relevant, and easily understood information about hospital performance accessible to the public and to informing and encouraging efforts to improve quality. The HQA believes that the availability and use of clinical quality, patient experience, equity, efficiency, and pricing information will spur positive changes in health care delivery.
The Hospital Compare is a website tool developed to publicly report user-friendly information about the quality of care delivered in the nation's hospitals. This website was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and agency of the U.S. Department of health and Human Services (DHHS), along with the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA).
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit, organization. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflect an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
WhyNotTheBest.org was created and is maintained by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high performance health system. 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, state, and national levels.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly know as the health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) is the federal agency responsible for administering Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance Programs, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and several other health-related programs.
The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) of the American Osteopathic Association has been providing medical facilities with an objective review of their services since 1945. The program is recognized nationally by the federal government, state governments, insurance carriers and managed care organizations. It is one of only three voluntary accreditation programs in the United States authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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