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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined quality as "the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge." [Internet]. Institute of Medicine, Committee on Quality of Health Care in America. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 7 October 2010].

Related to Quality is the topic of patient safety/medical errors. For additional information, please visit the NLM MedlinePlus page on patient safety and the AHRQ page on patient safety and medical errors.

Information on this page is not an index of all quality health services research resources on the Web. Rather, this page contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.

Search Queries Using NLM Resources: Quality

News : Quality

  • Health IT Safe Practices for Closing the Loop (2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (ECRI Institute USA)  Details

    Toolkit addresses the consequences of failing to close the patient data loop loop by looking at evidence from Patient Safety Organization (PSO) hazards and events, an evidence-based literature review, and methodical analysis by a multistakeholder workgroup as they identified safe practices and supported the recommendations with tools and suggestions that reflect the concept that safety is a shared responsibility.

  • National Quality Reporting Crosswalk for CAHs --12-JUL-2018 - (National Rural Health Resource Center US)  Details

    This crosswalk is intended to provide users with a basic understanding of quality reporting initiatives taking place on a national level involving critical access hospitals (CAHs), including: the lead organization and purpose of such initiatives, the measures used by each initiative and any overlap in measures across initiatives.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

  • 2015 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report - (Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) USA)  Details

    The report tracks changes in health care prices, utilization, and spending for people younger than 65 covered by employer-sponsored health insurance, as well as including snapshots of spending and out-of-pocket spending in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • AHRQ Quality Indicators - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Set of quality indicators organized into four "modules," each of which measures quality associated with processes of care that occurred in an outpatient or an inpatient setting to highlight potential quality concerns, identify areas that need further study and investigation, and track changes over time.

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    Resources and tools for optimizing patient safety related to labor and delivery from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Includes patient education and model policies.

  • CAHPS® Hospital Survey (H-CAHPS) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Public-private initiative to develop standardized surveys of patients' experiences with ambulatory and facility-level care.

  • CUSP Toolkit - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program has developed this toolkit to assist in the training of the key principles that increase safety.

  • Care Coordination Quality Measure for Primary Care (CCQM-PC) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The CCQM-PC is a survey of adult patients' experiences with care coordination in primary care settings. It is designed to be used in primary care research and evaluation, with potential applications to primary care quality improvement.

  • Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This AHRQ toolkit, based on the CANDOR process (which is implemented to respond to unexpected events which cause patient harm), is intended to assist hospitals in implementing communication and optimal resolution programs.

  • Community Tool to Align Measurement - (National Quality Forum (NQF) USA)  Details

    NQF's Community Tool to Align Measurement (Alignment Tool), developed in collaboration with the 16 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) community alliances, supports decisions to align measurement and public reporting. The Alignment Tool is a snapshot in time (as of February 2012) of the measures in use by the 16 AF4Q Alliances.

  • Compendium of U.S. Health Systems, 2016 (September 2017) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Compendium of 626 U.S. health systems, defined in this analysis to include at least one hospital and at least one group of physicians providing comprehensive care, and who are connected with each other and with the hospital through common ownership or joint management.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

  • Healthcare Communities - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details (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.

  • Healthcare Transparency - (New York State Health Foundation USA)  Details

    Database of national health care transparency tools, divided into four categories: physicians, hospitals, prescription drug pricing, and health insurance purchasing.

  • Hospital Compare - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. On this site, the consumer can see the recommended care that an adult should get if being treated for a heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia or having surgery

  • Hospital Safety Grade - (Leapfrog Group USA)  Details

    Research the scores hospitals have received relevant to patient safety, errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

  • Improving Your Laboratory Testing Process - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The tools in this step-by-step guide can increase the reliability of the testing process in your office by helping you examine how tests are managed.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Map - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  Details

    This map is a free, open resource for those interested in sharing IHI's mission of improving health care. This includes access to various "How To Guides," for example, prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia; prevent surgical site infection; prevent adverse drug events, etc.

  • Kaiser State Health Facts - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Provides health data on more than 700 health topics including demographics, health insurance coverage, health costs, minority health, and women's health for all 50 states.

  • Leading Health Indicators - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020 contains 42 topic areas with more than 1,200 objectives. A smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, called Leading Health Indicators (LHIs), have been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.

  • MIPSCast - (Altarum Institute USA)  Details

    MIPScast™ is a tool designed to calculate a clinician or practice's Merit-based Incentive Payment System or MIPS Final Score under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Quality Payment Program.

  • NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017-2018 - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  Details

    NCQA rated more than 1,000 insurance plans based on quality, member satisfaction, and accreditation survey results, focusing on care outcomes and patient opinion. Ratings are searchable by state, type, and plan name.

  • NHQRDRNet Online Query System - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Online query system that allows you to access national and state data on the quality of, and access to, health care from scientifically credible measures and data sources. This is an interactive tool to explore data from the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports.

  • National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This website includes access to all reports from this series, as well as a data query section, which allows researchers to find data based on geographic, subject, and topic area.

  • National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Provides state-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help state officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their state.

  • National Practitioner Data Banks - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details

    The Division of Practitioner Data Banks (DPDB) is responsible for the implementation of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). The NPDB and HIPDB are alert or flagging systems intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of the professional credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers

  • PROSPERO - (University of York UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    PROSPERO consists of over 800 records, giving details of systematic reviews being undertaken in 33 different countries.

  • Patient Safety Network (PSNet) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    A web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety. The site offers weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings ("What's New"), and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety ("The Collection").

  • Patient Safety Primers - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This series of resources discuss methods of improving communication between clinicians in the context of routine patient care and emergency situations.

  • Quality Care Finder - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    This link provides access to Quality Care Finder, a website which provides consumers with access to all of Medicare's Compare tools -- e.g., comparison information on hospitals, nursing homes and plans.

  • Quality-Spending Interactive - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    This interactive tool displays the relationship between health care quality and spending for Medicare patients within a state or local area.

  • QualityNet - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Tool for use by hospitals to electronically submit their notice of participation for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program- formerly known as Reporting Hospital

  • ROI Forecasting Calculator for Quality Initiatives - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  Details

    The ROI Forecasting Calculator is designed to help Medicaid stakeholders assess and demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) from projects to improve quality in health care.

  • Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This toolkit was designed to assist hospitals in reducing readmissions and posthospital emergency department visits. It is specifically designed for those institutions serving diverse populations. It introduces a new component of overcoming language barriers and literacy issues.

  • Tools: Interactive Tables and Data - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  Details

    The Community Health Data Initiative is a collaborative effort among government and non-government partners to establish a network of suppliers and demanders of community health data, indicators, and interventions. Its purpose is to help Americans understand health and health care system performance in their communities, thereby sparking and facilitating action to improve performance and value.

  • VA Hospital Compare - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    Key elements of the VA's transparency initiative involve public presentation of health system and facility data about quality of care and safety. Examples include VA's Hospital Compare website, which provides outcomes and process data for selected diagnoses, and the ASPIRE dashboard, which reports quality and safety goals for all VA hospitals.

  • Value-Based Care Assessment Tool - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA, StratisHealth USA, University of Iowa, College of Public Health USA)  Details

    Use the Rural Health Value Team's comprehensive Value-Based Care Strategic Planning Tool (VBC Tool) to assess 121 different value-based care capacities in eight categories. After completion, users receive a Value-Based Care Readiness Report that can be used to assess an organization's readiness for value-based care and to develop value-based care action plans.

  • Why Not the Best? Comparative Health Care Performance Data - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    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.

  • e-Source: Behavioral and Social Science Research - (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH)  Details

    20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research. With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.

  • eCQI Resource Center - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    This resource provide a centralized location for news, information, tools and standards related to electronic clinical quality improvement and electronic clinical quality measures

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

  • Americans' Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  Details

    Twenty-one percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error, according to a national survey. The survey further finds that, when errors do occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient's physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, or family relationships. The nationwide survey of more than 2,500 adults was conducted by NORC from May 12-June 26, 2017.

  • BMJ Open Quality - (BMJ Group UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    Formerly BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, open access, peer reviewed healthcare improvement work. Articles covering original research, local, national and international QI projects, value-based healthcare improvement initiatives and educational improvement work are all considered.

  • CMS Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy outlines key tenets, foundational principles, and values of person and family engagement, while highlighting the importance of collaboration and partnerships to reach the specified goals.

  • Dashboard Collaborative Pilot Change Package (June 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA))  Details

    The Dashboard Collaborative uses an established quality improvement approach - the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Breakthrough Series Collaborative - to implement the NNOHA Health Center Dental Dashboard© of oral health quality measures to enhance the quality of oral health services in health center dental programs.

  • Engagement in Health Research Literature Explorer - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) USA)  Details

    A searchable list of articles related to engagement in research, organized around: papers describing engagement experiences; papers on research findings that also report on engagement; studies of engagement practices; and other works that guide the field, including frameworks, conceptual models, and editorials.

  • Health Indicators: a 4-Part Webinar Series - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    Recorded webinar series that provides an overview of health indicators, an in-depth review of a county-level indicator project, practical approaches in using health indicator data to engage with communities, and an exploration of several important new indicator efforts.

  • Healthcare Simulation Dictionary - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This living dictionary provides definitions for simulated healthcare scenarios used to improve patient safety and quality of care.

  • Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (2015) - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  Details

    This book continues the investigation into patient care quality that began with "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System" (2000) and "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century" (2001) with an examination of diagnostic precision and error.

  • Kaiser Health News - Cost and Quality - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. Link to articles that focus on quality.

  • Medicaid & CHIP Scorecard - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Scorecard includes measures reported by states, state health system performance, state administrative accountability, and federal administrative accountability. This first version of the Scorecard also includes information on selected health and program indicators, and describes the Medicaid and CHIP programs and how they operate.

  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The CDC's primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations. Content is open access.

  • NCQA's Report Cards - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  Details

    Free online resources to help individuals select a health plan or physician that provides top-notch care.

  • Patient Identification and Matching: Final Report (2014) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    The issue of correctly matching the patient to their EHR is the subject of this report, which includes best practices for patient safety and information security.

  • Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide - (Picker Institute USA, Planetree USA)  Details

    Founded 30 years ago, Planetree is a not-for-profit organization that partners with healthcare organizations to transform organizational cultures and improve the patient experience; the Picker Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports research in the field of patient-centered care. The Patient-Centered Care Improvement Guide represents the culmination of this year-long collaboration. It reflects the collective wisdom of organizations implementing patient-centered care at an advanced level, as well as the experiences of those whose efforts have been hindered by any number of barriers.

  • Priority Areas for National Action: Transforming Health Care Quality - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  Details

    This January 2003 report recommends a set of 20 priority areas that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other groups in the public and private sectors should focus on to improve the quality of health care delivered to all Americans.

  • QIO News - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Bimonthly CMS e-publication, provides you with the latest news about health care quality improvement. QIO News is your source for timely, in-depth information about the ways QIOs and the QIO Program are improving health quality.

  • Quality Improvement & Risk Management Training - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    Learn about how to design and implement a successful Quality Improvement program that meets core program and FTCA requirements and drives quality-related activities from this website.

  • Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  Details

    With a contribution from the National Library of Medicine, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) developed a Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide for public health practitioners, which was launched online in August 2010. The QI Quick Guide addresses a need identified by public health practitioners for assistance in determining which resources to use as they pursue QI initiatives.

  • Quality and Patient Safety - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  Details

    The IOM focuses on patient safety in order to promote policies and best practices that create safe and high-quality health care environments. Access related activities, Boards, and reports.

  • Quality/Equality Glossary - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    A glossary of key terms in the fields of health care quality, disparities reduction and quality improvement.

  • RAND - Quality of Care - (RAND Corporation USA)  Details

    RAND Health is a research division within the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND Health advances understanding of health and health behaviors and examines how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access. Access various studies.

  • TalkingQuality.Gov - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    TalkingQuality is a comprehensive resource and guide for organizations that produce and disseminate reports to consumers on the quality of care provided by health care organizations (e.g., hospitals, health plans, medical groups, nursing homes) and individual physicians.

  • The National Quality Strategy (NQS) - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    This March 2011 report outlines a national strategy for quality improvement in health care. The strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States.

  • The State of Health Care Quality Report - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  Details

    NCQA produces the State of Health Care Quality Report every year to focus on major quality issues the U.S. faces and to support the spread of evidence-based care. This report documents performance trends over time, tracks variation in care and recommends quality improvements.

  • Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    Transforming Care focuses on new models of care, payment approaches, and patient engagement strategies that have the potential to reshape our delivery system to better meet the needs of the nation's sickest and most vulnerable patients. Published quarterly, the newsletter is a source of innovative ideas for health system leaders, clinicians, and policymakers.

Key Organizations/Programs

  • AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The Innovations Exchange offers health professionals and researchers the opportunity to share, learn about, and ultimately adopt evidence-based innovations and tools suitable for a range of health care settings and populations.

  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    Principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.

  • CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare) Details

    Nonprofit alliance of health plans and trade associations. Seeks industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify healthcare administration and promotes quality interactions between plans, providers and other stakeholders.

  • CHCF Improving Quality - (California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF))  Details

    A variety of reports, webcasts, websites and other information that promote models of care aimed at producing a higher-quality, and lower-cost health care system in California.

  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Center for Innovation is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as for improving the health care system for all Americans. The Innovation Center tests innovative care and payment models and encourages widespread adoption of practices that deliver better health care at lower costs.

  • Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Mission is to protect patients and healthcare personnel and promote safety, quality, and value in the healthcare delivery system by providing national leadership.

  • FDA's Sentinel Initiative - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)  Details

    Launched in May 2008 by FDA, the Sentinel Initiative aims to develop and implement a proactive system that will complement existing systems that the Agency has in place to track reports of adverse events linked to the use of its regulated products.

  • Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) - (American Hospital Association (AHA))  Details

    Management research to provide operational advice on improving quality, reducing costs and eliminating disparities. Link to toolkits, resources, and reports.

  • - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    Resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

  • Healthcare Quality: Measurement and Implications Series - (National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) USA, University of Maryland)  Details

    This online course consists of two modules which include an introduction to the terminology, the trends, the stakeholders and leadership, and the quality improvement programs at play in the current healthcare environment. These two modules represent 3.5 hours of certified continuing education.

  • Improvement Science Research Network Details

    A NIH-supported improvement research network. The ISRN's primary mission is to accelerate interprofessional improvement science in a systems context across multiple hospital sites.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Details

    IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

  • Integrating Quality Initiative - (Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC))  Details

    Integrating Quality (IQ) mission is to lead and support AAMC members in achieving safe, high-quality, high-value health care that is driven by continuous quality improvement implemented throughout inter-professional education and clinical practice.

  • Laboratory Quality Assurance and Standardization Programs - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Given the importance of laboratory test results, the CDC has programs to help assure the quality of these data so patients and healthcare providers (as well as researchers and public health officials) can be confident that laboratory test results they receive are accurate.

  • Mathematica - Quality Measurement - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  Details

    Mathematica develops, uses, and reports on measurement tools essential to understanding the performance of health care providers and organizations.

  • Medical Health Assessment Lab - (Health Assessment Lab (HAL))  Details

    Not for profit organization dedicated to improving health and health care by promoting the science of outcomes measurement, and the development, evaluation, and distribution of standardized, high quality instruments that measure health and the outcomes of medical care.

  • Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Details

    Established in 1997 by the merger of the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC). Created by congressional mandate (Public Law 105-33), the 15-member nonpartisan Commission advises the Congress on Medicare Payment policies. MedPAC is also tasked with analyzing access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare.

  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    NHSN is the nation's most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections. Site provides data, guidelines, and training support.

  • National Practitioner Data Banks - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details

    The Division of Practitioner Data Banks (DPDB) is responsible for the implementation of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). The NPDB and HIPDB are alert or flagging systems intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of the professional credentials of health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers

  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Details

    Not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

  • Nursing Quality - (American Nurses Association (ANA) USA)  Details

    Created by ANA to address patient safety and quality in nursing care and nurses' work lives.

  • PCORnet Commons - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) USA)  Details

    The goal of the PCORnet Commons is to provide opportunities to increase collaboration, efficiency, and people-centeredness in clinical research. The Commons is a space to share resources, engage in dialogue, and learn from one another.

  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) - (American Medical Association (AMA))  Details

    Comprised of more than 170 national medical specialty societies, state medical societies, the American Board of Medical Specialties and member boards, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, health care professional organizations, federal agencies, individual members and others interested in improving the quality and efficiency of patient care, PCPI is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.

  • Physician Quality Reporting System - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) encourages professionals and group practices to report information on the quality of care to Medicare.

  • Quality of Care Center - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Link to various quality initiatives, projects, reports, patient assessment instruments, and contractors.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Care Quality - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    The Health Care Quality Portfolio of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation remains active in the public reporting of quality and price information, which include our support of The Dartmouth Atlas, The Prometheus Payment Project, the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, National Quality Forum and others.

  • The American Health Quality Association (AHQA) Details

    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, nursing homes, home health agencies, and others.

  • The Joint Commission (TJC) Details

    Independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the US. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

  • The LeapFrog Group Details

    Voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America's health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded.

  • URAC Details

    Independent, nonprofit organization known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs.

Legislation and Policy

  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: Information Quality Guidelines - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    This site presents the HHS Information Quality Guidelines, the supporting administrative mechanisms to request correction of information covered under the guidelines, the Annual Information Quality Reports, and the HHS Peer Review Agenda. The HHS Guidelines were developed in accordance with the provisions of P.L. 106-554 and OMB government-wide requirements directing all federal agencies to issue guidelines for ensuring the quality of the information that they disseminate to the public.

  • Mammography Quality Standards Act and Program - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)  Details

    Information for mammography facility personnel, inspectors, and consumers about the implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA). The FDA adminsters several quality and standards activities. This is one example.


  • Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21) - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This FOA issued by AHRQ invites grant applications for funding to conduct exploratory and developmental research grants (R21) for projects in the early and conceptual stages of development that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves health care quality and outcomes.

Meetings and Conferences

Past Meetings/Conferences' Archives and Reports

  • The Innovation Center: How Much Can It Improve Quality and Reduce Costs - and How Quickly? - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) seeks to test new health care payment and service delivery models that can potentially enhance quality of care for beneficiaries while reducing costs. How is the agency planning to administer its $10 billion in funding? What early projects is the center undertaking? Is there private sector evidence that its goals can be achieved? What will happen to existing innovations now being rolled out by providers and hospitals? This July 2011 briefing addressed these and related questions.

  • National Quality Forum's Annual Conference - (National Quality Forum (NQF) USA)  Details

    Each year the National Quality Forum hosts a conference in Washington, DC. The two-day event includes a membership meeting and public sessions addressing key policy and implementation issues. This site links to wrap-up documents for prior meetings.

Upcoming Meetings and Conferences

  • 2018 Health Care Quality Congress - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  Details

    October 5-7, 2018; Dallas, TX. Theme is Leveraging HEDIS® and Health Plan Accreditation to Improve Population Health.

  • MNCM Annual Seminar 2018 Details

    September 12, 2018; Brooklyn Center, MN. The largest quality measurement event in the region, this seminar is designed for a variety of individuals involved in health care quality measurement, reporting, analyzing and using clinical quality, health care cost or patient experience information to meet a variety of needs, requirements and to improve care. (MN Community Measurement)

  • National Quality Forum's Annual Conference - (National Quality Forum (NQF) USA)  Details

    Each year the National Quality Forum hosts a conference in Washington, DC. The two-day event includes a membership meeting and public sessions addressing key policy and implementation issues. This site links to wrap-up documents for prior meetings.

  • PCORI: Events - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) USA)  Details

    A list of upcoming and past meetings and events.


  • Continuing Education Course on Health Care Quality Measurement and Implications - (National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) USA)  Details

    The course provides a comprehensive overview of the health care quality landscape, including national priorities, and measure development, endorsement and implementation. It includes two interactive modules representing 3.5 hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-approved continuing education

  • Keeping it REaL: An Analysis of Health Care Quality Among Priority Patient Populations - (Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) USA)  Details

    This webinar was held May 30, 2012, 1:00 p.m. EST. During this webinar, hear how AnMed Health is applying the principles of REaL (race, ethnicity and language) data collection and cultural competence to monitor progress across race, ethnicity, and/or language need, reduce cost, analyze and improve patient outcomes and enhance health care quality.

  • Quality Payment Program Overview - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The webinar provides an overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions under MACRA, collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. It was originally aired on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

  • SCR Patient Safety Webinar Series - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC))  Details

    Webinar series features expert guest speakers presenting on topics related to the field of patient safety and health care quality. Sessions will be scheduled periodically and topics chosen based on current trends in patient care. Possible topics include patient safety research, quality improvement, opioid abuse, precision medicine, human factors engineering, high reliability organizations, and ambulatory care.

  • Tune in to Safe Healthcare: A CDC Webinar Series - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Webinar series focuses on a variety of infection control and prevention topics. These webinars feature CDC and external experts and serve as a tool to educate healthcare providers on best practices to improve patient safety. Webinars are offered free of cost with an opportunity to earn continuing education.

  • Understanding and Improving Safety Culture - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  Details

    September 27-November 29, 2018. Virtual expedition will explore practical, real-world strategies for understanding, measuring, and improving the safety culture of an organization.