Wisconsin Collaborative for Quality Healthcare

WCHQ to Begin Reporting Specialty Measures Through its new Partnership to Advance Specialty Measures Initiative

In furtherance of its core mission using public reporting of comparative performance measures to catalyze improvements in both the quality and cost of health care services, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) has approved the creation of The Partnership to Advance Speciality Measures as a means to significantly expand the reporting of specialty measures. The Board has endorsed this plan that includes a total of 15 measures pertaining to cardiothoracic surgery, gastroenterology, oncology/end-of-life, and orthopedics. The initial measures will focus on cardiovascular care with the other measures following in 2018.

Both of the measures for 2017 are collected by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons:

  • Risk-Adjusted CABG Readmission Rate
  • CABG Composite Score

The 15 measures were selected following an extensive review of measures being used at both a national and state level. This review was done in partnership with a group of employers and payers so as to ensure that the measures ultimately selected would be useful in support of value-driven purchasing and consumer engagement initiatives.

The public reporting of speciality measures is very significant for WCHQ’s members and the state of Wisconsin. According to Chris Queram, WCHQ’s president and CEO, “The approval by our Board of Directors shows our members’ ongoing commitment to reporting measures that matter. This initiative has added significance due to the emphasis we placed on serving the needs of those who pay for and use health care services. The payers are interested in conditions and procedures that are high cost, while the end user is interested in data on the performance of individual practitioners. Our goal is to respond to both needs with this new initiative.”