Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.  AHRQ is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities.

American Medical Association

American Medical Association’s mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability.  CDC is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health insurance portability standards.  CMS is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. 

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable. 

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - "Quality 101"

HIMSS is transforming health care through IT.  Quality 101 is offered by the HIMSS Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee as an introduction to the growing field of quality measures, standards of care, and evidence-based medicine.

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions and measure the impact of prevention activities.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent nonprofit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. 

Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public and serve as an advisor to the nation to improve health. 

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization whom accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organization and programs in the United States.

Joint Commission Resources

For more than twenty years, there’s one organization to which over 10,000 hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, laboratories, and other health care organizations around the world have turned to Joint Commission Resources for patient safety and quality improvement resources.

National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s mission is to improve the safety of patients.  It is the indispensable resource for individuals and organizations committed to improving the safety of patients

National Quality Forum

National Quality Forum is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC)

NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Quality Measures is a database of measure sets for practitioners, health delivery systems, and health care providers, with standardized abstracts and ordering details.  

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Why Not The Best?

Why Not The Best was created and is maintained by the Commonwealth Fund.  It is a free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality.  It enables organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, and against a range of benchmarks, and over time.