PORTLAND, Maine – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national organization of local groups and a recognized leader in transforming healthcare, is thrilled to welcome three new Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) to its network: Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation (MT), Community First (East Hawaii) and Health Care Improvement Foundation (Philadelphia, PA). These organizations join more than 30 other member RHICs and two state-affiliated partners in the pursuit of better health, better care and reduced costs for communities across the country.
“As we work to improve affordability and quality of healthcare for all Americans, the addition of these new members to our network will greatly enhance our geographic reach and community engagement across the country,” says Elizabeth Mitchell, President and CEO of NRHI. “RHICs play a unique and critical role in healthcare. As non-partisan, multi-stakeholder groups, the information and best practices they develop reflect local experience and respond to real world needs. This makes them actionable in ways no other group is able to achieve.”
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (Mountain-Pacific) is a nonprofit corporation based in Helena, Montana, that strives to be the “go-to” resource for driving innovation in healthcare systems in the states and territories they serve. Mountain-Pacific first began partnering with providers, practitioners and patients in Montana in 1973 and now supports the healthcare communities of Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Community First was established in Hilo, Hawaii in 2014. The organization has adopted a two-prong approach to transforming healthcare and personal accountability for health: address the fundamental reform of healthcare payment and address community wellbeing challenges through grass-roots initiatives and education. Community First is increasingly recognized as an innovator in many areas, including payment reform.
The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) was founded in Philadelphia in 1980 as an affiliate of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council but has operated since 2003 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. HCIF is dedicated to driving high-value healthcare through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives. HCIF’s approach engages multi-stakeholder resources to implement solutions that no market participant could achieve individually. In December 2014, HCIF merged with the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA), which publishes 50 healthcare quality and patient experience measures from leading national and regional sources and serves as a “one-stop shop” for consumers looking to identify and compare hospital quality across institutions.
“With the addition of these three outstanding organizations, the NRHI Network greatly enhances our ability to translate federal and state policy into action for stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum and our ability to influence policymakers. We look forward to their many significant contributions to our collective work,” says Mitchell.