News & Views
Chris Queram,
President and CEO
From the President & CEO...
Linked priorities strengthen our mission

When our board sat down last month to review and approve our proposed 2014 strategic plan, it also agreed upon an over-arching goal that represents a bold yet natural evolution made possible by the significant progress we have achieved this past year – to position WCHQ as both a measurement and an improvement organization. Looking ahead, we believe the interrelationship among our major initiatives, the Wisconsin Measurement Alignment Project (WIMAP) (News & Views, Spring 2013), the CMS deeming project (News & Views, Fall 2012) and our layered performance improvement model (News & Views, Summer 2013), will leverage our measurement activities so as to accelerate improvements in performance at a rate that exceeds the growth in costs.

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


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

Matt Gigot,
Senior Clinical
Data Analyst
The Analyst’s Perspective
The member scorecard – a new era of performance improvement

WCHQ has been measuring and publicly reporting data on the quality of care being delivered by Wisconsin healthcare providers since 2004. The expansion of WCHQ’s membership base from 11 members to 32 and its measurement portfolio from six measures to 43 – along with other notable accomplishments like last January’s Consumer Reports article – strengthen WCHQ’s status as one of Wisconsin’s foremost performance measurement sources. The vision of WCHQ, though, is not just to measure performance; it is to improve the health of Wisconsin residents.

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Choosing Wisely® – creating a new dialogue

In March 2013, WCHQ was one of 21 regional health collaboratives, state medical societies, or specialty societies to be awarded a two-year grant by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. The funding, originally from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to extend the reach of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, created to help physicians and patients engage in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. The Collaborative has begun an initiative to promote these conversations between patients and physicians to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time.

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Dean Gruner
Dean Gruner, M.D.
WCHQ welcomes ThedaCare’s Dean Gruner, M.D. to the board

In this edition of News & Views we feature Dean Gruner, M.D., who joined the WCHQ board of directors earlier this year. Dr. Gruner presently serves as the president and CEO of ThedaCare, a position he has held since 2008. Dr. Gruner’s appointment to the board is a homecoming of sorts. Along with Dr. John Toussaint, his predecessor as president and CEO of ThedaCare, Dr. Gruner participated in the initial design and creation of WCHQ in 2003.

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Annual Partners program continues to grow

We would like to recognize and thank our Annual Partners for their commitment to WCHQ—and recognize the addition of WPS Health Insurance. Through this new program, our Annual Partners provide sponsorship support to underwrite our bimonthly Assembly meetings. Their generous support allows us to continue our tradition of providing complimentary registrations to our Assembly participants.

Our current Annual Partner organizations are:
The Alliance, Madison, WI
Business Health Care Group, Franklin, WI
Epic, Verona, WI
MetaStar, Madison, WI
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City, WI
Wisconsin Hospital Association, Madison, WI
Wisconsin Medical Society, Madison, WI
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, Madison, WI
WPS Health Insurance, Madison, WI

If you would like more information about our Annual Partners program, please contact Mary Riordan, director of member engagement at 608-826-6854 or via email at