State and National Quality Reports
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network holds itself accountable to publicly reported performance measures from widely credited agencies and organizations, such as these below. These sources represent a balanced collection of inpatient and ambulatory (outpatient) measures across many types of health care providers. In addition, these sources:
- Are consistent with the aims and priorities of the National Quality Strategy developed as part of the Affordable Care Act
- Tie directly or indirectly to governmental or private programs that reward providers and hospitals for their performance
- Keep the focus on the integrity of data reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association, major drivers of all other programs
We choose to prioritize our quality improvement efforts around these measures to create and sustain improvement. New quality measures are introduced to the market regularly, and we believe chasing every public metric would spread our resources too thin to make a meaningful impact. Nearly 150 organizations report health care quality performance on the Internet. In these reports, the risk adjustments, populations studied, time frames and numerators/denominators vary. To ensure transparency for our patients and payers, the Froedtert & the Medical College health network does not report performance through organizations that use:
- Definitions that are not available without paying a significant fee (for example, HealthGrades).
- Undisclosed measures and definitions or those that do not align with regulatory measures (for example, Leapfrog).
National Quality Data
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin hospitals are among more than 4,000 hospitals in the United States participating in Hospital Compare, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Quality Initiative.
The site is meant to help consumers make decisions about where to go for health care and to encourage hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide. The site provides data in three main categories: process of care, outcome of care and use of medical imaging.
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
A reliable indicator for high quality care and service, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)
As the only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital often measures its performance against University HealthSystem Consortium data so we know how we stand among comparable organizations. UHC is an alliance of more than 110 academic medical centers and 276 affiliated hospital members, representing more than 90 percent of the nation’s nonprofit academic medical centers. UHC provides data and services to members to help them achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness.
Wisconsin Quality Data
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin hospitals, as members of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, participate in the CheckPoint program that provides data on evidence-based quality measures. The program is intended to give health care seekers information on quality of care.
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are members of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, which provides state measurements that supplement national standards. WHCQ is a group of health care organizations working together to improve the quality of care in the state. The work of the collaborative is based on the principle that focusing on quality improvement will result in better care for patients and more rational costs. Working together, sharing information and striving toward best practices raises the performance bar for all health care providers.