Aligning Forces for QualityAligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF's) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. In AF4Q communities across the United States, teams of stakeholders representing the people who get care, give care, and pay for care are working to transform health care and the delivery systems system.
In 2009, Albuquerque joined 15 other communities across the country in this endeavor and is the only designated community in the Southwest. Locally, the AF4Q initiative is led by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and is located at HealthInsight New Mexico, which is the grant holder on behalf of the community. The New Mexico Coalition is comprised of hospitals, health plans, primary care physicians, nurses, consumers and employers working together to address health care quality in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties. While many of the activities are located in these four counties, the coalition is working to expand these efforts across New Mexico as needed.
The coalition is focusing on the following areas to transform health care:
- Performance Measurement and Public Reporting: Measuring and publicly reporting on health care performance to help providers identify what is working well and areas for quality improvement
- Quality Improvement: Assisting health care providers to identify and implement techniques and protocols will improve the care delivered to patients in both doctor offices and hospitals
- High-Value Outcome-Focused Payment Reform: Improving the payment system by exploring new ways to pay providers using different models of care focused on improving quality
- Consumer Engagement: Encouraging patients to be active and effective managers of their health care and become better partners with their health care providers
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