AHQA represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and other professionals working to improve health care quality and patient safety. AHQA members:
- Develop and manage projects in health care quality improvement and evaluation for Medicare, Medicaid, private payers, and purchasers.
- Provide expertise in clinical care, quality improvement, health information management and technology, statistical analysis, and communications to health care purchasers and providers.
- Bring together and support medical practices, hospitals, health plans, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and employers to evaluate systems of health care delivery and share best practices. By rapidly sharing what’s working, QIOs accelerate improvement in health care delivery across the continuum of care.
- Work in both rural and urban settings and with disadvantaged populations to decrease health disparities in health care access, quality and outcomes.
AHQA maintains close working relationships with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and national professional medical and health care associations —serving as a professional resource and partner on projects.
In addition, AHQA regularly works with lawmakers, regulators, health care providers, and consumers to advocate its policies and to gain support and visibility for the goals and accomplishments of its members.
AHQA also provides educational and networking opportunities for its members, such as:
- AHQA conferences
- Membership calls and webinars
- Professional networks, and