News & Views
Chris Queram,
President and CEO
From the President & CEO...
A Milestone Year and a Promising Future

The traditional “year in review” takes on distinct significance for 2014 as the Collaborative marks its 11th year anniversary while pursuing a bold quest to be the “indispensable partner” on the journey to practice transformation. As I look back, I am cognizant of how far our mission has been furthered by the passion and hard work of our members, partners and staff. The many accomplishments and lessons learned over the years have brought us to a milestone year when we took another major step toward seeking better health and healthcare value for the people of Wisconsin.

This year we embarked in earnest on our next chapter of collaboration to bring about meaningful change by embracing new opportunities to leverage our performance measurement expertise to accelerate quality improvement – positioning the Collaborative as both a measurement and improvement organization. Significantly, this year saw the launch of three quality improvement steering teams focused on member-driven targeted areas (diabetes, hypertension and colorectal cancer screening) at our largest event to date, the initial Statewide Quality Improvement Event held in June.

In 2014 the Collaborative also became one of 36 national entities – and the only regional health care improvement collaborative – designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). In addition to easing the measurement burden for our member organizations by allowing them to use the same data files to satisfy multiple purposes (including ambulatory clinical quality measurement and reporting to support performance improvement initiatives), the designation puts us in good stead to influence future CMS reporting rules and measures that will set the national direction of quality improvement.

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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.

Driving Meaningful Change

The inaugural
Driving Meaningful Change Award presented to the Wisconsin Collaborative
for Healthcare Quality
September, 2012
by The Business
Health Care Group

Greg Blommel, MD,
Chair, Measurement Advisory Committee
Measurement Advisory Committee – Creating Value for Members

Formed in early 2010, the Measurement Advisory Committee (MAC) plays a critical role in shaping the Collaborative’s measurement portfolio and reporting activities. In an era when the measurement and reporting burden on the Collaborative’s members is increasingly daunting, it is reassuring for members to know the MAC – presently consisting of nine physicians, three quality professionals and one payer representative – is committed to applying a rigorous and standardized approach to assessing measures designated for reporting.

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