News & Views
Chris Queram,
President and CEO
From the President & CEO...
The quest for better decisions – communicating comparisons to consumers

American patients and families are keenly interested in health information. Yet trustworthy health information has not always been available or used by patients to make informed decisions. Recognizing this gap, Consumer Reports has been building a strategy to incorporate health information and comparative ratings into its consumer reporting portfolio. With the establishment of its Health Ratings Center and the arrival of John Santa, MD, MPH as the Center’s first director in 2008, Consumer Reports has made a significant commitment to communicate meaningful information and comparisons to the public.

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Vision:

We dramatically improve the health and increase the value of healthcare for the people of Wisconsin.


Mission:

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality publicly reports and brings meaning to performance measurement information that improves the quality and affordability of healthcare in Wisconsin, in turn improving the health of individuals and communities.


Matt Gigot
Project Analyst
The Analyst’s Perspective
The Analyst’s Perspective

Payer Specific Reporting for the Diabetes Value Metric: A New Departure for WCHQ

Early last winter, WCHQ formed a Resource Use Work Group (RUWG) to develop a diabetes value metric. From the outset, the project’s plan called for the metric to contain two data components: diabetes quality data provided by WCHQ and diabetes resource use data provided by the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO). It was the charge of the RUWG to develop a methodology by which the data from these two different sources could be merged to create a meaningful measure that would provide new insights about the value of the care provided to diabetic patients in Wisconsin.

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Mark Moody
New to the board - Mark Moody
A periodic feature introducing new WCHQ board members

Meet Mark Moody, a 2011 addition to WCHQ’s board. A board member since February, Mark has held numerous leadership positions in a variety of public and private health care and information technology settings, both in the United States and internationally. Presently Mark serves as president and CEO of the Wisconsin Education Association (WEA) Trust.

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Working in Partnership with Patients
Creating a culture of patient-centered care

At the WCHQ Assembly meeting on July 12, Christine Bechtel, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, shared insights about her organization’s work and research around the concept of patient-centered care – what it is and how to work in partnership with patients. Here are the highlights of her presentation.

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