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Rural Healthcare Quality Organizations

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on healthcare outcomes, quality, cost, use, and access. The information helps healthcare decision makers - patients and clinicians, health system leaders, purchasers, and policymakers - make more informed decisions and improve the quality of healthcare services.
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American Health Quality Association
A charitable, educational, not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to healthcare quality through community-based, independent quality evaluation and improvement programs.
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American Hospital Association (AHA)
Represents and serves all types of hospitals, healthcare networks, patients, and communities.
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Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA)
Consists of a national non-profit, non-partisan education and advocacy organization that identifies and promotes policy and advocacy solutions to ensure that elders and people with disabilities have access to Medicare and quality healthcare. Focuses on people with chronic conditions and those in need of long term care.
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Operates the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national healthcare programs that benefit millions of Americans. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Website includes access to research, statistics, and data related to their programs.
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Commonwealth Fund
Supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. Dedicated to helping people become more informed about their healthcare and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans, and the uninsured.
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Families USA
Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.
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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Coordinates activities related to rural healthcare within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Focuses on matters affecting rural hospitals and healthcare, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural healthcare, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse.
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Flex Monitoring Team
Performance monitoring project for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina, and Southern Maine. The monitoring project is assessing the impact of the Flex Program on Critical Access Hospitals and their communities and the role of states in achieving overall program objectives.
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Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Works to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health. Formerly named the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Drives the improvement of health by advancing the quality and value of healthcare. Provides conferences, seminars, and practices that can be implemented and measured to help facilitate improvement of healthcare quality. Their website includes a knowledge center with tools and information related to all aspects of healthcare quality.
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Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Mission is to understand the causes of medication errors and provide time-critical error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the public.
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Joint Commission
Works to improve safety and quality of care provided to the public through healthcare accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in healthcare organizations. Evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
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Leapfrog Group
Composed of more than 150 public and private organizations that provide healthcare benefits. Works with medical experts throughout the U.S. to identify problems and propose solutions that will improve hospital systems that could break down and harm patients. Representing more than 34 million healthcare consumers in all 50 states, Leapfrog provides information and solutions for consumers and healthcare providers.
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National AHEC Organization (NAO)
Works to enhance access to primary and preventive care, especially in underserved communities, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through educational partnerships.
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National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
An organization that promotes the continuous improvement of quality in healthcare by providing educational and development opportunities for professionals at all management levels and within all healthcare settings.
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National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Works with large employers, policymakers, doctors, patients, and health plans to improve healthcare quality. Provides recognition standards for patient-centered medical homes, and accreditation, certification, distinction, and other recognition programs.
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National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)
An education and research organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of healthcare provided to children.
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National Quality Forum (NQF)
Works to develop and implement a national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and reporting.
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National Quality Forum MAP Rural Health Workgroup
As part of the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), works to identify rural relevant quality measures and provide recommendations on measuring healthcare quality in the rural population.
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National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Promotes leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. Composed of individual and organizational members who share a common interest in rural health.
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National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC)
Provides technical assistance and information resources on performance Improvement, health Information technology, recruitment & retention, community health assessments, networking, strategic planning and leadership training. Rural Health Innovations (RHI), a subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center, provides programs, activities, and resources that benefit the emerging market of healthcare in rural communities.
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Quality Improvement Organization Program (QIO)
A program under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services dedicated to improving quality of care at the local level.
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Rural Health Value
Provides education, information, tools, and resources through the Rural Health Value website. Works to create high performance rural health systems. A cooperative agreement between the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, and Stratis Health. Formerly called the Rural Health System Analysis and Technical Assistance (RHSATA) program.
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Stratis Health
Non-profit independent quality improvement organization that collaborates with providers and consumers to improve healthcare.
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Last Reviewed: 1/25/2016