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Online Resource Helps Health Care Providers Improve Quality of Health Care in Albuquerque

The Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality is launching an updated version of Medical Group Snapshot (www.abqhealthcarequality.org/reporting/medicalgroups), an online report that shows how participating Albuquerque medical groups are performing in specific measures for diabetes care, cardiovascular care, asthma care, and screening for breast and cervical cancers. For three years, local medical groups and health plans have voluntarily participated in Medical Group Snapshot as part of the Coalition’s participation in the national Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. 

Medical Group Snapshot is meant to be a resource for health care providers, employers, and consumers of health care.  This report is meant to:

  • Assist health care providers and medical groups in identifying areas where they are doing well, where to focus quality improvement efforts, and identify and share best practices with each other
  • Help employers become better partners with health plans to improve the health of employees
  • Enable consumers of health care to become more informed about health care quality in our community
“Participation in local public reports, like Medical Group Snapshot, gives our health care providers another tool to use to identify where they are providing quality care and where they can improve their care,” said Patricia Montoya, project director for the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality.  “Public reports like this also help community members learn about the quality of care in Albuquerque so they can become a part of the improvement process.”

Medical Group Snapshot provides information on important indicators of the quality of health care, such as how many people with diabetes get the blood sugar test they need and how many women get appropriate screenings for breast and cervical cancers. Medical Group Snapshot also shows how well blood sugar and cholesterol levels are controlled for patients with diabetes and how well cholesterol is controlled for cardiovascular patients.  The scores shown in the report correspond to care provided during a specific period of time and are, literally, a “snapshot in time.”

Medical Group Snapshot is not about playing ‘gotcha’ with local health care providers. We know that many things affect health care quality and health outcomes and that each patient and situation is different. We also know and understand that the quality of care provided by an individual provider or medical group is more than just a score in a report,” Montoya said. “This report is about providing data that helps health care providers identify what they do well and what they can improve, so everyone – patients and providers alike – benefit from quality health care.”

The Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality’s goals for Medical Group Snapshot are that the information provided in the report is used to drive quality improvement by helping health care providers and delivery systems set goals and target resources where they are needed;  is used by employers so they become better partners with their health plans to improve employee health; and it is used by community members to become more knowledgeable about health care quality in the community and be a part of improvement efforts.

To create this public report, local health plans provided claims data on specific measures and tests from participating medical groups. Currently, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Lovelace Health Plan, Molina Healthcare of New Mexico, and Presbyterian Health Plan voluntarily provided data to create this report.  The medical groups who are voluntarily participating in Medical Group Snapshot include First Choice Community Health, First Nations Community HealthSource, Presbyterian Medical Group and University of New Mexico Medical Group. Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service also volunteered to provide data and participate in the report.

This effort is part of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), a nationwide initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). AF4Q is RWJF’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models that will help propel national reform. Albuquerque is one of the 16 communities, and the only community in the southwest, participating in this effort. The Coalition is located at and is a partner with the HealthInsight New Mexico, which is the grant holder on behalf of the community.   

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