Broad health care coalition calls for combined public, private approach to improvement

Recommendations call for better measurement and transparency as foundation for improvement and reform

A coalition of more than 165 health care organizations has announced a framework to improve health care quality and affordability in the United States. Called Stand for Quality, the coalition is led by organizations such as America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the National Quality Forum, among others. Stand for Quality describes six key recommendations:

1. Set national priorities and provide coordination for quality improvement;

2. Endorse and maintain nationally standardized measures;

3. Develop measures to fill gaps in priority areas;

4. Ensure that providers and other stakeholders have a role in developing policies on use of measures;

5. Collect, analyze, and make performance information available and actionable;

6. Support a sustainable infrastructure for quality improvement.


Stand for Quality’s recommendations are the product of a partnership among patient and consumer groups; employers and public purchasers; representatives of physicians, nurses and other clinicians; health plans; hospitals; and more. The multistakeholder group came together with the shared belief that improvements in access, quality, and affordability are inextricably linked. The six recommendations representing a path to safe, efficient, patient-centered health care are outlined in Stand for Quality’s Building a Foundation for High Quality, Affordable Health Care: Linking Performance Measurement to Health Reform. The recommendations build on existing improvement efforts and aim to harness the energies of the public and private


Click here for the Stand for Quality news release.


(SOURCE: AHA News Now,, March 11, 2009; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,, March 11, 2009)