- Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ):
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which
provides evidence-based research on health care outcomes, quality, cost,
use, and access.
- AHRQ's Guides to Quality Indicators
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Indicators (QIs) are measures of health care quality that make use of readily available hospital inpatient administrative data. The AHRQ QIs consist of three modules measuring various aspects of quality:
- Inpatient QIs (IQI) reflect quality of care inside hospitals including inpatient mortality for medical conditions and surgical procedures.
- Prevention QIs (PQI) identify hospital admissions that evidence suggests could have been avoided, at least in part, through high-quality outpatient care.
- Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) identify potentially avoidable complications and iatrogenic events which patients experiience in hospitals.
All three User Guides provide an overview of the methods used to identify, select, and evaluate the AHRQ's Quality Indicators (QIs), a summary of the literature based evidence, empirical rates based on the State Inpatient Databases, and detailed definitions.
- AHRQ National Patient Safety Network Web Site (PSNet)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) went live with its new national web site, the Patient Safety Network, (PSNet). As a one-stop portal of a comprehensive array of resources for improving patient safety and preventing medical errors, PSNet offers information on all aspects of patient safety and is targeted toward health care providers, administrators, and consumers. A unique feature of AHRQ's PSNet is the "My PSNet" page, which allows users to customize the site around their unique interests and needs.
- AHRQ WebM&M:
The online journal and forum on patient safety and health care quality.
This site features expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously,
interactive learning modules on patient safety, and forums for online
- American Board of Quality
Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians:
A national organization of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals
with a goal to improve the quality of national health care by providing
healthcare education and certification for physicians, nurses, and other
- American College of Medical
Provides a forum for leadership, education and research in healthcare
quality management for health care professionals, government agencies,
and other regulatory bodies.
- American Society for Quality:
Sponsors activities related to quality technology and concepts, and
offers tools to those world-wide who are interested in improving the
quality of their organization; administrator of the Baldrige Award.
- Baldrige National Quality
Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology:
A national quality award program aimed at improving quality and productivity
by recognizing the achievements of those companies that improve the
quality of their goods and services and providing an example to others,
thereby offering guidelines in achieving quality services.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Provides information on their quality efforts initiated for Medicare,
Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
- Commonwealth Fund:
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent
research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health
care practice and policy.
- Consumer Coalition for
Quality Health Care:
A national, non-profit membership advocacy organization composed of
consumer groups dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of
health care for all Americans.
- Guide to Drug Addiction and Strokes
With The GuidelinesSM
Heart Association and the American
Stroke Association have designed a hospital-based quality improvement
program to provide the healthcare provider team with the most updated
heart treatment guidelines. Get With The Guidelines includes tools that
allow healthcare providers to concurrently assess treatment compliance
so appropriate action can be taken before the patient leaves the facility.
- Healthcare 411
This audio program features the latest news, information, and research findings from the Agency for Healthcare Research annd Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Healthcare Associated Infections Public Reporting Initiative
Provides hospitals with background information and requirements for submitting information on healthcare associated infections to the New Jersey Department of Health, thereby fulfilling the 2007 law’s mandatory reporting requirements.
- Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc.:
Formerly the Peer Review Organization of New Jersey, participates in efforts on both a national and local level to improve the quality of health in clinical conditions specified by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
- Hospital Compare:
Provides information on how well hospitals care for their adult patients with specific medical conditions. Allows the user to compare the quality of care among hospitals nationally. Created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other Federal agencies and the public.
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Offers resources and services to help health care organizations make
long lasting improvements that enhance clinical outcomes and reduce
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP):
A nonprofit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.
- Joint Commission:
Evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 United States health care organizations and programs and sets state-of-the-art quality standards. Formerly known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or JCAHO.
- Kaiser Network:
Sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an independent philanthropy
focusing on major health care issues facing the nation. A source of
up-to-date facts, research and analysis.
New Jersey a Model for Best Practices in Health Care
Presentations from a February 19, 2003 symposium sponsored by the
Department of Health in conjunction with the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
New Jersey a Model for Patient Safety
Powerpoint slides from a two-day workshop in August 2003 sponsored
by the Department of Health in conjunction with
the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
- Medicare Quality Improvement
Created by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, this site
serves as an online resource for Medicare’s National Quality Improvement
Priority Topics. Features a listserv.
- National Committee for Quality
Provides information on their managed care quality improvement activities,
accreditation and the Health Plan Employer Data and Information (HEDIS).
- National Guideline Clearinghouse:
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines sponsored
by AHRQ, AMA and AAHP.
- National Institutes of Health:
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acts
as the Federal focal point for medical research in the U.S. conducted
at its medical research centers.
- National Patient Safety Foundation:
Aims to create a core body of knowledge about patient safety, identify pathways to apply that knowledge, and develop and enhance a culture of receptivity to patient safety by raising public awareness about patient safety.
- National Quality
Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC):
Sponsored by AHRQ, provides online database to promote access to quality
measures and measure sets.
- New Jersey Health Care Quality
Purpose is to undertake projects that will ensure that quality, accountability
and cost containment are closely linked to the delivery of health care
services in New Jersey.
- New Jersey Hospital Association:
A statewide healthcare association which offers leadership in advocacy,
education, and information to its members.
- New Jersey Nurse Patient Care Staffing Project:
Contains forms for hospitals and nursing homes to report nurse staffing levels, as mandated by law; also provides facilities with a means to submit monthly staffing reports to the Department and allows the public to view quarterly reports compiled by the Department from the monthly submissions.
- New Jersey’s Patient Safety Reporting Initiative:
Provides documents and required forms for New Jersey’s Department of Health's implementation of the “Patient Safety Act,” P.L. 2004, c.9, (N.J.S.A. 26:2H-12.23-12.25):
- Patient Safety Alerts
Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority (PSA) produces a quarterly newsletter, The Patient Safety Advisory, which alerts facilities to actual or potential problems that have occurred in other facilities. The intent is to share experiences with other facilities so that they may be able to prevent similar situations from occurring within their own facilities.
- Patient Safety Network (PSNet):
Sponsored by AHRQ, this site offers a comprehensive array of resources for improving patient safety and preventing medical errors, and all other aspects of patient safety.
- The Leapfrog Group:
Composed of more than 140 public and private organizations nationwide
that provide health care benefits, the site focuses on specific quality
issues relevant to urban hospitals; identifies problems and solutions
to improve hospital systems.
- U.S. Pharmacoepia:
Establishes state-of-the-art standards for 3,800 medicines, dietary
supplements and other health care products that pharmaceutical manufacturers