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Onpoint Health Data

Onpoint Health Data (formerly the Maine Health Information Center [MHIC]) is a Maine-based nonprofit organization that works to advance informed decision making by providing independent and reliable health data services, including aggregation, analytics, and consulting.

Maine Quality Forum (MQF)

In 2003, Governor Baldacci and the Maine Legislature created the MQF, as an independent division of Dirigo Health, to continue Maine’s leadership in assuring high quality healthcare for its citizens.  MQFs mission is to advocate for high quality healthcare and help each Maine citizen make informed healthcare choices.

Quality Counts (QC)

Quality Counts is a statewide non-profit healthcare quality improvement collaborative working with multiple stakeholders to improve prevention and healthcare in Maine.  It was established in 2004 by over 35 organizations committed to working together to improve healthcare across the state.


National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH)

NBCH is a national, non-profit, membership organization of employer-based health care coalitions.  NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers.  NBCH seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress towards safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population.

The Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety

Leapfrog is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality, and customer value will be recognized and rewarded.  Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care.

Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.  Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA)

This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving healthcare quality through measurement, transparency and accountability.  Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of healthcare quality to the top of the national agenda.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Part of the National Academies, the non-profit IOM offers science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health.  Chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute works outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance.

National Quality Forum (NQF)

NQF is a not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and reporting.  Key topics include patient outcomes, workforce productivity, and healthcare costs.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS is the U.S. 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.  The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities including: health and social science research, disease prevention, food and drug safety, Medicare, Medicaid, health information technology and more.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS is the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and several other health-related programs.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ is the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans.  As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of healthcare and promote evidence-based decision-making.

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)

AF4Q is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed to help communities across the country improve the quality of healthcare for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression, and heart disease.  The $25-million program is part of RWJF’s continuing effort to close the gap between the quality of healthcare that Americans now receive and what the healthcare system is capable of delivering.

Charter Value Exchange (CVE)

Maine is 1 of 14 communities awarded a special Department of Health and Human Services distinction for its strong commitment to improving quality and value in healthcare through a partnership of providers, employers, insurers, and consumers working to implement cutting-edge, collaborative methods to transform healthcare at the local level.