In any large-scale, long-range project, it’s important to set intermediate milestones to help mark progress and maintain motivation. In early 2014, we celebrated one of those milestones with the QualityPath project.

After spending months developing the criteria by which we will designate high quality physician + hospital pairs for orthopedic and cardiac procedures, the draft criteria is now out for review and comment! On Jan.7, we invited physicians, hospitals, specialty societies and quality measurement experts across our three-state service area to review and comment on the program. We began to get responses within an hour of hitting the send button. “Impressive” and “breaking new ground” is some of what we’ve heard thus far.

QualityPathMany clinicians and hospitals have indicated that they intend to offer comments within the three-week review and comment period, while others have indicated that they intend to apply to become QualityPath providers.

I’m grateful to all those who have provided input on the development of this program thus far – physicians, hospitals and our members. We’ve got a lot of work to do before QualityPath goes live Jan. 1, 2015, but it’s great to see the progress we’ve made thus far.

Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO at The Alliance
Cheryl DeMars joined The Alliance in 1992, assuming several roles before becoming CEO in December 2006. Cheryl works with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to establish the strategic direction of the cooperative.

Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cheryl DeMars