AF4Q brief reviews public reporting measures
Posted on August 7, 2012 | No Comments
Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of care in 16 targeted communities, has been a pioneer in collecting and publicly reporting data on the care provided by local physicians and hospitals. Measuring and publicly reporting on the quality and cost of care helps to improve quality and lower 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. Lessons and resources from AF4Q have been combined in a new brief that offers an overview on selecting performance metrics, engaging stakeholders, making performance reports consumer-friendly, and using performance measures to improve quality.