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The Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative: Early Lessons from Efforts to Improve Healthcare Quality at the Community Level
The September issue of the American Journal of Managed Care features a supplement devoted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative. AF4Q was launched in 2006. It builds multi-stakeholder partnerships—among insurers, providers, purchasers, and consumers—aimed at improving patient health and healthcare. The partnerships focus on the alignment of key players in measuring and publicly reporting on healthcare quality and efficiency for physician practices and hospitals; engaging consumers as partners in their own care; sharing and spreading effective quality improvement strategies; eliminating disparities and ensuring the equitable receipt of care; and integrating alliance activities with payment reform initiatives. The AF4Q initiative provides funds and technical assistance to 16 multi-stakeholder alliances across the U.S., who share the goal of improving healthcare in their communities.
The AJMC supplement, entitled “The Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative: Early Lessons from Efforts to Improve Healthcare Quality at the Community Level,” includes eight original research articles from the AF4Q evaluation team. The team is led by Dr. Dennis Scanlon, Professor of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State. Adding to the team’s description of the initiatives undertaken by the communities and report on results from the evaluation thus far, six national thought leaders share their perspectives on the AF4Q initiative.