It’s been just over two months since we announced our plans to develop QualityPath™, a new initiative to connect Alliance members with physicians and hospitals who deliver high-quality, fairly priced care. So far, the response has been tremendous.

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  • Alliance members are stepping forward as change agents. Thus far, 23 of our members have signed on to QualityPath to demonstrate their commitment to pursuing better quality care for employees while controlling costs.
  • We’ve heard from hospitals and physicians that this is exactly the kind of market signal needed to accelerate improvement in health care. Re-directing business to high-value physicians and hospitals will have a transformative effect.
  • We’re making good progress to identify measures of quality for orthopedics and cardiology, with input from physicians and their specialty societies. We’ve been encouraged by their support.
  • And finally, we’ve heard from other employers who share an interest in using their role as purchasers to drive better value in health care. In fact, our sister coalition, the Business Health Care Group in Milwaukee is helping fund this effort.

We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and January 2015, when QualityPath is tentatively expected to launch. We’re off to a great start. I’d love to hear from you if you have suggestions or questions.

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