(January, 2009) The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement has joined with the American Health Quality Association, the National Business Coalition on Health, and the National Partnership for Women and Families in calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to provide federal assistance to Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives in their efforts to improve healthcare quality. In a letter, the four organizations identified three critical needs which must be addressed:
- The ability to include Medicare data in regional quality reporting initiatives;
- authorization for Medicare participation in regional payment and delivery system reform initiatives; and
- funding to support regional initiatives that promote greater accountability and faster improvement in the quality of American health care.