The Alliance has introduced the QualityPath™ initiative to identify and reward hospitals and physicians that offer high-quality, fairly-priced health care for selected procedures.
“The Alliance believes it’s essential for QualityPath to be a collaborative effort, so we’re taking the step of announcing it while it’s still in development,” President and CEO Cheryl DeMars said. “It is vital to gain input and ideas from employers, physicians and hospitals as well as leaders of health and business organizations.”
You can access a QualityPath frequently-asked questions.
The QualityPath program will use standardized, expert-based performance measures to provide two levels of quality designations:
- One designation will recognize all hospitals and physicians who meet quality standards.
- A separate, higher level of designation will recognize hospitals and physicians who meet quality standards and offer fairly-priced care through The Alliance network. Members will be asked to develop benefit plans that encourage employees and family members to use these hospitals and physicians.
QualityPath will emphasize procedures that present opportunities for patients to “shop” in advance for elective care based on information about quality and out-of-pocket prices. Dr. Gail Amundson, health care transformation consultant, will guide The Alliance in measuring quality for high-cost, high-usage elective procedures.
Before joining The Alliance, Dr. Amundson served as president and chief executive officer of Quality Quest for Health in Illinois and as the medical director for quality at HealthPartners in Minnesota. Her work will be supported by additional consultants in cardiology and orthopedics in Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Alliance will ask members of its employer-based cooperative to change their benefit plans to encourage employees and family members to use QualityPath facilities and physicians. The Alliance will support these choices by providing easy-to-use tools for employees and family members. Developing the QualityPath program will take 18 to 36 months.
For more information about QualityPath, visit our About QualityPath page or contact Heather Oliva, director of provider relations, at 800.223.4136 x 6616 or email@example.com. We welcome face-to-face meetings or telephone conversations with physicians and hospitals to share information about QualityPath.