The Academy monitors
and/or participates in the activities of various external agencies and
organizations dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare.
Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA)
The AQA is a broad based collaborative of physicians, consumers,
purchasers, health insurance plans and others with the mission of
improving health care quality and patient safety through a
collaborative process in which key stakeholders agree on a strategy for
measuring performance at the physician or group level; collecting and
aggregating data in the least burdensome way; and reporting meaningful
information to consumers, physicians, and other stakeholders to
inform choices and improve outcomes.
Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
Under Maintenance of
Certification (MOC), quality improvement projects meeting standards
set by the ABP can be approved and physicians participating in
approved QI projects are eligible for credit toward maintenance of their
Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA-PCPI)
The AMA convened PCPI is committed to enhancing quality of care
and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and
maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and
measurement resources for physicians.
for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the lead Federal
agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and
effectiveness of health care for all Americans. AHRQ supports health
services research that will improve the quality of health care and
promote evidence-based decision-making.
provides regularly updated information about federally and privately
supported clinical research in human volunteers. It gives information
about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone
numbers for more details.
for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
IHI is a
not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of healthcare
throughout the world. IHI works to accelerate improvement by building
the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving
patient care, and helping health care systems put those ideas into
of Medicine (IOM)
The IOM's mission is
to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. The Institute
provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and
advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers,
professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at
Medline Plus is a patient-focused medical resource from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); also has a Spanish version.
Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)
NACHRI promotes the health and well-being of all children and
their families through support of children's hospitals and health
systems that are committed to excellence in providing health care to
Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
NCQA is a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care
quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in
driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to
elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national
National Guideline Clearinghouse
National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)
NICHQ is an
action-oriented organization dedicated solely to improving the quality
of health care provided to children. Founded in 1999, NICHQ's mission
is to eliminate the gap between what is and what can be in health care
for all children.
NQF is a not-for-profit
membership organization created to develop and implement a national
strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.
The mission of the
Leapfrog Group is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality
and affordability of health care by supporting informed healthcare
decisions by those who use and pay for health care and promoting
high-value health care through incentives and rewards.