Our partners are organizations that have discussed methods of content development, assisted in dissemination strategies, or have set up distribution campaigns in coordination with Consumer Health Choices.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.
The Alliance moves health care forward by controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. As a not-for-profit, employer-owned cooperative, we exist to help our members manage their health care dollars while positively impacting their employees’ health. Our members include more than 200 self-funded employers and insurance trusts covering more than 90,000 individuals in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Alliance Health Networks
Alliance Health Networks is an innovative social networking company whose mission is to enable a more consumer-centric health-care industry. With a growing portfolio of social networks built around distinct disease states and health interests, Alliance Health today connects more than one million registered members across 50 different conditions. Alliance Health’s platform unlocks meaningful opportunities for patients and caregivers to connect with each other, to personalized information, and to products and services.
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. AAHPM’s 5,000 members also include nurses and other health care providers committed to improving quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. For more than 25 years, AAHPM has dedicated itself to expanding patient and family access to high quality palliative care and to advancing the discipline of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. They accomplish this through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research and public policy.
American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 137,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.
American Society of Echocardiography
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging and the leader and advocate for setting practice standards and guidelines. Comprised of over 16,000 physicians, sonographers, nurses, and scientists, ASE is a strong voice providing guidance, expertise, and education to its members and the public with a commitment to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system for better patient outcomes. ASE is devoted to ensuring patient access to excellence in the practice of echocardiography around the world.
Baby Boomers for Balanced Health Care
Baby Boomers for Balanced Health Care is a group of citizen Baby Boomers in Minnesota who are focusing on changing the cultural belief that more health care is better health care. Believing that health care spending is out of control, they aim to stimulate a grass-roots conversation about overdosing on health care by calling for a new mindset to restore balance in health care to smarter health care – not more health care.
Chamber Insurance Trust
After observing the need for cost-effective benefit solutions for the local business community, the Chamber Insurance Trust was founded in 1992. Created to combine the buying power of thousands of chamber members, CIT’s complete range of insurance options is designed with input from local Chamber of Commerce executives and members to offer small, mid-sized and large businesses competitively priced benefit packages. Currently, Chamber Insurance Trust is a voluntary alliance of all participating Chambers of Commerce across Connecticut.
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California promotes high-quality, compassionate care for all who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life. Together with its partners, CCCC is shaping the future of palliative care at the local, state and national level. As the voice of palliative care in California, it continuously incubates and disseminates models and ideas to improve access to quality care for all people. CCCC is a collaboration of thought-leaders in healthcare systems, providers, government agencies and individuals. Through advocacy, education and resource development, it is working to ensure that organizations and communities have the information, knowledge and tools to create the future of palliative care.
Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative
Newly established in 2014, the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative (CCWC) is a multi-stakeholder group working to promote widespread adoption of Choosing Wisely in Connecticut as a vehicle for improvement in healthcare practice and culture. The CCWC aims to bring together multiple stakeholders from diverse organizations and perspectives to work together on efforts that will help physicians and patients engage in conversations that encourage smart and effective care choices. CCWC invites individuals representing community, consumer and patient groups; employer, labor and payer organizations; health systems and medical practices; health professions training and education programs; and government programs and policy organizations to connect, share and learn about our Choosing Wisely Campaign.
California was the first state to create a health benefit exchange following the passage of the federal health care law. Covered California is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace, in which individuals and small businesses can get access to health insurance. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California will help individuals compare and choose a health plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Financial help will be available from the federal government to help lower costs for people who qualify on a sliding scale. Small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits. Covered California is an independent part of state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and legislature.
Florida Health Care Coalition
The Florida Health Care Coalition (FLHCC) is an Orlando-based, but statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit employer coalition on health, established in 1984 to improve community health through research, education and community health improvement efforts. FLHCC is a community catalyst that uses its collective employer power representing over 2 million Floridians to effect positive changes in health care delivery and quality.
FrontPath Health Coalition
FrontPath Health Coalition offers a Preferred Provider Organization network that is used by its members, more than 120 self-funded plan sponsors, representing 125,000 covered lives. The FrontPath service area includes northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan and northeast Indiana. Within its core service area, FrontPath has contracts with more than 80 hospitals and 9,000 physicians, as well as hundreds of other healthcare providers.
Greater Detroit Area Health Council
GDAHC is the premier healthcare coalition that develops and evaluates innovative solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Southeast Michigan through multi-sector collaboration. As a healthcare leader that is recognized nationally and regionally, GDAHC represents everyone who gets care, gives care and pays for care. Dedicated to the cost-effective allocation, management and use of healthcare resources, the organization seeks to develop strong, strategic partnerships that improve the value of and increase access to healthcare.
Health Council of East Central Florida
The Health Council of East Central Florida, Inc. is a private, non-profit healthcare organization providing research, program development, and evaluation services that enable community-based health organizations to improve population health. It serves the four-county region of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole in Florida. The Health Council provides hospital and nursing home utilization reports, community health needs assessments, strategic planning, and program performance evaluation. Additionally, the Council partners with organizations to support a seven-county cancer control collaborative, and to administer operations for a network that serves the uninsured and underinsured in Seminole County.
HealthInsight is a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and health care in three western states: Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The HealthInsight enterprise holds contracts, grants and accreditation in key areas of healthcare improvement. HealthInsight is a recognized leader in quality improvement, transparency and public reporting, health information technology programs, healthcare system delivery and payment reform efforts, and human factors science research and application.
Health Policy Corporation of Iowa
The Health Policy Corporation of Iowa (HPCI) is a coalition of employers and purchasers conducting joint initiatives, research, education and applying solutions to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Iowa. HPCI is addressing fundamental issues in the health care system through collaborative efforts and the use of sound purchasing and quality improvements principles. HPCI has two goals: Goal 1 – Employers (purchasers) receive the greatest value for the dollars invested in health care in local markets and providers receive economic and other incentives to improve performance; and Goal 2 – Contribute to improvements in the health of the community.
Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus
The Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus is a non-profit, public-private partnership. It serves as a catalyst, convener, and coordinator of healthcare transformation and learning in Greater Columbus. It builds collaborations with providers, purchasers, and consumers; catalyzes best practices; convenes diverse stakeholders; coordinates projects that transform healthcare delivery and value; measures actionable results; and applies collaborative learning.
Integrated Healthcare Association
As a Choosing Wisely grantee, California’s Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a nonprofit multi-stakeholder group focused on promoting quality improvement, accountability and affordability, is leading a project designed to promote appropriate care in both northern and southern California. IHA will partner with provider organizations Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (San Diego County) and Sutter Health (Sacramento/Central Valley/San Francisco Bay), the California chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP-CA), the Center for Healthcare Decisions (CHCD) and Blue Shield of California (BSC).
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) is a Minnesota-based, independent, nonprofit health care improvement organization with member medical groups and hospitals, nonprofit health plan sponsors, and active connections with and board representation by employers and consumers. It is tackling some of the region’s most complex health and health care system problems in pursuit of the Triple Aim – better care, better health, and lower cost. ICSI’s mission is to champion the cause of health care quality and to accelerate improvement in the value of the health care delivered to the populations served.
Iowa Health Buyers Alliance
The IHBA is an association of health care consumers and purchasers working together for better health, better health care and better value. We support a patient-centered health system, improved care quality, wellness and increased transparency and public disclosure. The IHBA was formed in 2004. Our members include public and private employers, labor organizations and consumer groups. The IHBA is Iowa’s only consumer, labor and purchaser organization focused on health care.
Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a provider-led and patient-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a culture of continuous improvement in healthcare. IHC’s mission is exceptional healthcare in Iowa. IHC plays a unique role in putting healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and hospital executives) in a leadership position to drive clinical improvements and accelerate change. Using a “multi-stakeholder” approach, IHC brings together and engages physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, consumers and other community partners to share data and rapidly deploy best practices.
Lamaze International, founded in 1960, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is “to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.” Members include health care professionals, providers and, parents, and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators who carry the internationally respected LCCE certification credential. Knowing that pregnancy, childbirth and a good start to parenting can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available. Working closely with their families, health care providers and Lamaze certified educators, millions of pregnant women have achieved their desired childbirth outcomes using Lamaze practices.
Lancaster County Business Group on Health
The Lancaster County Business Group on Health is recognized as a resource and advocate for quality healthcare in Lancaster County, working to help local businesses adapt to the challenges of employer-sponsored healthcare. We share real-time information employers can use and provide educational and networking forums for companies seeking to make intelligent decisions on health benefits for the local workforce.
Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare
LVBCH is a non-profit employer alliance focused on access to quality and affordable healthcare. Founded in 1980, LVBCH membership comprises more than 150 employers ranging in size from those with less than 100 employees to those with several thousand employees. In addition, about 30 associate members represent hospitals, health plans, other healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, benefit consultants and brokers. The majority of employer members are located in the Lehigh Valley and Greater Reading areas of Pennsylvania. However, an expanding footprint includes employers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. LVBCH strives to improve the delivery, cost and quality of health care in its communities through collective employer action, quality and data initiatives, value-based purchasing, and forums for the exchange of information, ideas and resources.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) is responsible for protecting and improving the health of all residents of Los Angeles County. The county encompasses over 4,000 square miles, and is home to an ethnically diverse population of over 9.8 million. One of the department’s strategic priorities is to empower health care consumers to make informed choices about their health. For more information contact the LAC DPH Health Care Consumer Protection Program.
Maine Quality Counts
Maine Quality Counts (QC) is an independent healthcare collaborative committed to improving health and healthcare for the people of Maine by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. QC provides leadership, advocacy and support for improving care. Their 75+ members are major care delivery organizations, payers and employers, as well as individuals, providers and associations. QC works to better align the healthcare system so that all the pieces work together, including creating a system to assist healthcare providers in improving quality of care, encouraging patients to engage in their care and in transforming the health care system, and promoting the integration of behavioral and physical health.
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
The mission of MHQP is to drive measurable improvement in health care quality, patients’ experiences of care, and use of resources in Massachusetts through patient and public engagement and broad-based collaboration among health care stakeholders, including physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers an, patient and public advocates, government agencies and academics.
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance
The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc., or MiHIA (ma-high-ah), is a formal, multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region it serves. It is based on a core belief that solutions to our health and health care problems can be found and designed at a regional level, accelerating regional competitive advantage and sustainability. MiHIA acts as the convener for multiple parties, establishing shared goals and objectives, setting collective targets, and aligning business plans. Additionally, MiHIA is an assessor, evaluating processes and offerings to reduce redundancies, conducting environmental scans, and providing health data.
Midwest Business Group on Health
The Midwest Business Group on Health is a non-profit, Chicago-based business coalition comprised primarily of human resources and health benefits professionals from over 100 large, self-insured public and private employers as well as other health care stakeholders. Members represent over 3 million lives and spend more than $3 billion on health care benefits on an annual basis. MBGH serves as one of the nation’s leading employer-focused coalitions and is a recognized leader in offering education, research and community-based activities that increase the value of health benefits and health care services.
Minnesota Health Action Group
The Minnesota Health Action Group is a not-for-profit coalition of public and private employers committed to reshaping Minnesota’s health-care landscape by introducing innovative programs and solutions that address cost, quality, outcomes, and access for health-care purchasers; convening leaders from private and public-sector business, health care suppliers, and government to find solutions to health-care challenges while building Minnesota communities (and ultimately, a healthy workforce); and engaging health-care consumers so they better manage their health and begin to purchase health-care services based on cost and quality data. Established in 1988 as the Buyers Health Care Action Group, the organization has served as a catalyst for the development of new models of care delivery, aligned payment strategies and consumer engagement.
Minnesota Medical Association
The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is a non-profit professional association representing physicians, residents and medical students. With more than 10,000 members, the MMA is dedicated to being the indispensable and unified voice of physicians for advancing the practice of medicine, the profession and patient health in Minnesota.
National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
The National Alliance (formerly the National Business Coalition on Health) is a nonprofit network of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. Its members are dedicated to driving innovation, health and value through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and the improved health status of the American population.
National Association of Worksite Health Centers
The National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC) is a Chicago-based, trade organization focused on assisting public and private employers, unions and other sponsors of worksite health programs in getting the greatest return from their onsite employer health centers, onsite pharmacies, worksite fitness and wellness centers. NAWHC also provides opportunities for those vendors, suppliers and consultants that support worksite health facilities and programs to interact with and learn about employers who offer onsite clinics. For more information, go to www.worksitehealth.org.
National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members’ most important health care and health benefits challenges. Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers—representing the nation’s most innovative health-care purchasers—that provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health-care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. Business Group members share strategies for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, increasing productivity, and supporting healthy lifestyles.
National Center for Farmworker Health
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing technical assistance, information services and provider and patient education products to a network of 700+ migrant health center service sites in the United State as well as academic institutions, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.
National CooperativeRx is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative made up of employers and coalitions. Together, its member-owners leverage their collective purchasing power to access the best discounts and cutting edge clinical programs from a Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) chosen via a competitive bid process. The goal is high quality, cost-effective pharmacy benefits management with honest, transparent pricing.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest leadership and membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice and palliative care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. NHPCO’s innovative programs include Caring Connections, a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections provides free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis and brings together community, state and national partners working to improve care.
National Partnership for Women & Families
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. The organization has fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families over the last 40 years. The National Partnership runs the Campaign for Better Care, a multi-faceted national effort to protect vulnerable older patients with multiple health problems and ensure they can access well-coordinated, quality health care. The Campaign has built a broad-based consumer coalition with more than 150 organizations, and has mobilized tens of thousands of online activists across the country to advance this work. It is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Nevada Business Group on Health
NVBGH is a partnership between public and private sectors formed to provide improved quality and more cost-effective healthcare for the mutual benefit of employers and employees and their families, serving as a positive role model for our community.
New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value
The New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value is a multi-stakeholder, employer-led coalition working to improve health and maximize the value of healthcare services by focusing on quality, transparency and cost. The Coalition is an outgrowth of the work of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality, an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality and HealthInsight New Mexico.
North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance
The North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance, a non-profit health collaborative, will work to reduce unnecessary care in central North Carolina and the rest of the state. NCHQA will partner with the North Carolina Medical Society, Duke Medicine, Cornerstone Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.
Pacific Business Group on Health
Pacific Business Group on Health is one of the nation’s leading non-profit business coalitions focused on health care. PBGH helps leverage the power of its 50 large purchaser members who spend 12 billion dollars annually to provide health care coverage to more than 3 million employees, retirees and dependents in California alone. PBGH works on many fronts to improve the quality and affordability of health care,often in close partnership with health insurance plans, physician groups, consumer organizations, and others concerned about the health care system.
Rhode Island Business Group on Health
The Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH) assists Rhode Island employers of all industries and sizes in navigating the ever-changing healthcare marketplace and in getting the most from their healthcare investment. RIBGH strives to promote better care delivery, transparency and healthier outcomes at affordable, predictable costs. RIBGH leads the effort –- on behalf of Rhode Island employers and in collaboration with other interested stakeholders –- to promote sound healthcare investment and well workforces in the Rhode Island business community.
The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health benefits founded over ten years ago to work for improvements in health-care safety, quality, and affordability. Leapfrog conducts the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.
Union Plus is brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to deliver Union Plus consumer benefit programs uniquely designed for working families. Union Plus benefits are exclusively for participating union members, retirees and their families. Union Plus uses the collective buying power of more than 13 million union members to offer over 40 discounts and services to working families.
University of California, Los Angeles
As a Choosing Wisely grant recipient, the UCLA Department of Medicine is leading a coalition of six partners working toward a dramatic reduction in low value care. The coalition includes: the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County DHS Primary Care Practice Based Research Network, The Wellness Center at Historic General Hospital, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.
VNA Community Healthcare
VNA Community Healthcare is a non-profit, community based home healthcare agency based in Guilford and Hamden Connecticut. Beyond nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapies; mental health; and maternal child health, it offers free or low cost wellness, health and family caregiver support programs in 35 towns throughout greater New Haven and Middlesex counties.
Washington Health Alliance
The Washington Health Alliance brings together those who give, get and pay for health care to create a high-quality, affordable system for the people of Washington state. The Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that shares the most reliable data on health care quality and value in the state to help providers, patients, employers and union trusts make better decisions about health care. We set expectations for community performance on evidence-based practices that improve health while reducing waste and cost.
Washington State Hospital Association
The Washington State Hospital Association is a membership organization representing 99 community hospitals and several health-related organizations. WSHA’s mission is to advocate on behalf of and support members in achieving their missions and improving the health of their communities. WSHA works collaboratively with members and partners to improve the health of the people of the state by becoming involved in all matters affecting the delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care. Working in partnership with the Washington State Medical Association, WSHA convenes the medical officers of Washington state to collaborate on agreed-upon Call to Action initiatives, which are health-care quality and safety imperatives to promote the betterment of patient lives and health-care delivery. One of the Call to Action imperatives identified by the medical officers is the Choosing Wisely campaign. The WSHA supports the Choosing Wisely campaign through promotion and education in a variety of venues.
Washington State Medical Association
The Washington State Medical Association represents over 9,800 physicians throughout Washington state. Its vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. The WSMA is promoting Choosing Wisely as part of its Know Your Choices – Ask Your Doctor campaign, a statewide effort to give patients the tools they need to make informed choices about their care — whether that’s a CT scan for a headache, understanding choices other than the emergency room when unexpected care is needed, or making informed end-of-life choices. For more information about the WSMA, please visit www.wsma.org.
WellOK, the Northeastern Oklahoma Business Coalition on Health, is a nonprofit group of businesses coming together to advocate for highest quality and value for the healthcare they purchase. The coalition comprises private and public employers, government and philanthropic organizations. WellOK works to achieve better care for each of our employees and families and better health for all in our community, all at the best possible cost. We strive to make our community more attractive to growth by offering high-value healthcare.
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care (WVAHC) is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit (501c3) organization that represents the interests of consumers on health care issues. WVAHC’s niche is health care public policy research, analysis and public education. WVAHC is governed by an outstanding board of directors, including Dr. Dan Foster a former surgeon and former state senator who is chairman of the board. Other notable board members include Beth Baldwin, former president of the West Virginia Nurses Association and Kathleen Stoll, deputy executive director of Families USA.
Westchester Library System
Westchester Library System collaborates with 38 libraries in Westchester County to provide access to resources and services that enhance and support library service for the county’s more than 940,000 residents. In addition to providing critical, efficient technical services, WLS delivers programs that engage underserved populations, including low-income adults, seniors, the disabled, and disconnected youth.
In just over a decade, Wikipedia has become the world’s largest, most widely-read general information resource. Its success is built on a dedication to clear, factual, neutral information, and a novel production process that permits any individual to play a role in fighting bias. Wikipedia’s 90,000 active contributors have applied the collaborative practices pioneered in free/open source software development to the world of knowledge production and public education. Wikipedia’s non-profit, volunteer-driven model, unique among the world’s top 25 web sites, empowers citizens and consumers with knowledge and with the ability to contribute directly to a world-class publication. Wikipedia volunteers specializing in health and medicine will work closely with the medical experts of Choosing Wisely, building on each other’s skills to inform consumers about over-prescribed medical procedures. Choosing Wisely worked with Wiki Strategies consulting agency to recruit a Wikipedian in Residence, based on successful programs at the British Museum, the U.S. National Archives, and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This Wikipedia expert will connect Choosing Wisely with the dedicated volunteer community that has produced 23,000 medical articles on Wikipedia.
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), founded in 2003, is a voluntary, non-profit consortium of organizations committed to using the public reporting of comparative measures of performance to catalyze improvements in the quality and affordability of healthcare, as well as the health status of individuals and communities in Wisconsin. In addition, WCHQ designs and facilitates collaborative learning sessions to promote the active sharing of “best practices” in an effort to elevate and accelerate improvement across the state.