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Quality Improvement Organizations

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.

American 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 ABP certification.

American 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.

Agency 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.

ClinicalTrials.Gov 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.

Institute 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 action.

Institute 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 large.

Medline Plus
Medline Plus is a patient-focused medical resource from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); also has a Spanish version.

National 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 children. 

National 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 agenda.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

National 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.

National Quality Forum
NQF is a not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

Leapfrog Group
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.