Wisconsin Collaborative for Quality Healthcare

Measurement & Quality Initiatives


The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) participates in a range of healthcare performance measurement and quality initiatives at the state, regional, and national levels.

Dates Initiatives
2011 — Present

Statewide Value Committee (SVC)

WCHQ serves on the leadership council of the Wisconsin Statewide Value Committee (SVC), a coalition of approximately 30 organizations aligning their efforts and incentives to drive healthcare value - the delivery of better quality care at a lower cost - in this state.   More

2010 — present

Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform (PHPR)

WCHQ supports the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform (PHPR), which is piloting new payment models designed to reduce cost and improve the quality of healthcare in Wisconsin.   More

2010 — Present

Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN)

WCHQ is a founding member of the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN), which governs the development of a statewide health information exchange in Wisconsin.   More

2007 — 2015

Aligning Forces for Quality

WCHQ led Wisconsin’s participation in the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.   More

2008 — 2013

Network for Health Equity in Wisconsin (NHEW)

WCHQ collaborated on the Network for Health Equity in Wisconsin (NHEW) initiative to create informational infrastructure to monitor the impact of policy change on disparities in population health and address the determinants of these disparities for specific health conditions.   More

2009 — 2010

Commonwealth Study Demonstrates "Public Reporting Matters"

With support from The Commonwealth Fund, researchers evaluated how publicly reporting healthcare performance information through WCHQ has impacted the quality of ambulatory care in Wisconsin.   More

2009 — 2010

Diabetes Value Metric Pilot

WCHQ joined with the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) to develop, test, and produce a value metric for diabetes management, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through Aligning Forces for Quality.   More

2008 — 2010

Ask Me 3 Program

WCHQ partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and other organizations to test the effectiveness of the Ask Me 3 education program, which is designed to improve patient-provider communication, help patients understand health instructions, and engage patients in their own healthcare.   More

2008 — 2010

Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP)

WCHQ guided the participation of small Wisconsin healthcare practices in the Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP) initiative, providing these practices with the tools, support, coaching, and collaborative learning opportunities to evaluate their performance and undertake quality improvement activities.    More

2007 — 2008

Commonwealth Fund Case Study of WCHQ

With support from The Commonwealth Fund, WCHQ became the subject of an in-depth qualitative study of its development and impact. Ann Lennarson Greer, PhD of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conducted research and authored the report, Embracing Accountability: Physician Leadership, Public Reporting, and Teamwork in the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.    More

2006 — 2008

Better Quality Information to Improve Care for Medicare Beneficiaries (BQI)

WCHQ served as one of six regional collaboratives participating in the Better Quality Information to Improve Care for Medicare Beneficiaries (BQI) Project, launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The BQI Project assessed the issues and benefits of combining Medicare and regional quality data to derive and report performance measures.    More