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Appendix A. Additional Tables (continued)

Table A.2. PFQ Grant Projects—Partner Organizations

Grantee Organization & Principal Investigator (PI)

Research Organizations

National/State Provider & Professional Associations

Health Care Organizations and Practitioners

State/Local Government Agencies


1. Altarum Institute
PI: George J. Miller



Smithville Regional Hospital, Balstrop County TX

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District; Texas Dept. of Health (unit?)

University of Texas Health Science Center; University of Michigan Medical Center Dept. of Emergency Medicine; Michigan Center for Biological Information

2.  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  
PI: Carole M. Lannon, Center for Health Care Quality, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Center for Children's Healthcare Quality (CCHQ) (formerly National Inst. for Child Healthcare Quality)

American Academy of Pediatrics and 10 state AAP chapters

160-180 pediatric practices in the 10 states


American Board of Pediatrics

3. American College of Physicians (ACP)
PI: Vincenza Snow

Northwestern University

American College of Physicians

Pilot:  4 PA and IL practices

Trial:  31 physician practices in Philadelphia (in Abington Health System) & Chicago


Advisory Board: IHI, ICIC, AMA, AHIP, ANA, ADA, and others

4. American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Research and Education Trust (originally, grantee was Hospital and Healthcare Systems of Pennsylvania -HAP)
PI: John R Combes

AHA, Health Resesarch and Education Trust (HRET)


7 palliative care "Centers of Excellence" around the country

60-70 hospital -based teams 


5. American Medical Association (AMA)
PI: Karen S. Kmetik

RAND (project evaluation contractor)

Co-PI based at University of Pittsburgh

American Medical Association, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement

Northwestern University General Internal Medicine/Northwestern Medical Faculty Fdn; Midwest Heart Specialists;  Ambualtory and Community Health Network/Cook County Board of Health Services


Iowa Foundation for Medical Care (QIO); United Healthcare/Ingenix; Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative; Midwest Business Group on Health; BCBSA;  and CMS

6. American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)
PI: David F. Polakoff


American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) & AMDA Foundation; American Health Care Association, AAHSA, AHQA & other national orgs

50-60  nursing facilities in 6 states (CA, FL, IN, OH, PA, TX)


Quality Partners of Rhode Island (QPRI) (co-PI formerly worked there)

7.  Association of California Nurse Leaders
PI: Nancy  Donaldson, CalNOC & UCSF School of Nursing

CalNOC; UCSF School of Nursing; Cedars-Sinai Research Institute;  CA State University Fullerton

Association of California Nurse Leaders and


32 California hospitals participating in the California Nurse Outcomes Coalition (CalNOC),  91 med-surg units from those hospitals


VA NOD; Moore Foundation; AHRQ; MilNOD American Nurses Association;

8. Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP)
PI: Donald E. Casey

Xavier University (project evaluator)

American Heart Association

National Heart Failure Training Program at Case Western University

Catholic Healthcare Partners; six regional health systems within CHP and affiliated hospitals and cardiologists


"Observers":  Other large Catholic health systems; Greater Cincinnati Health Council

Clinical experts at Ohio State University and North Ohio Heart Center

9. Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA)
PI: Paul J. Sharek, Stanford University School of Medicine & L Packard Children's Hospital


Child Health Corporaton of America

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and 13 other CHCA member hospitals, in the Child Health Accountability Initiative (CHAI); later expanded to all 42 CHCA hospitals;


Vermont  Oxford Neonatal Network; Institute for Health Improvement (IHI); National Association of Children's Hospitals & Related Institutions; National Inst.for Children's Healthcare Quality

10. Connecticut Department of Public Health
PI: Louise Dembry Yale-New Haven Health System

Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health


Yale/New Haven Health System, Office of Emergency Preparedness

Connecticut Department of Public Health


11. HealthFront
PI: Michael Callahan

Park Nicollet  Institute


Health Front

2 business coalitions (MN and CO)

12.  International Severity Info Systems, Inc.
PI: Susan Horn

International Severity Info Systems, Inc.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), Institute for the Future of Aging Services

11 nursing homes in 10 states, including:

  • Good Samaritan (1).
  • Mercy Health Partners (4).
  • Christina Home (1).

6 QIOs in CA, MD, WA, TX, etc.

13. Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
PI: Jerod M. Loeb

JCAHO, Division of Research


Consultant in emergency preparedness; advisory committee members

14.  The Leapfrog Group
PI: Suzanne Delbanco

Evaluators from Penn State University (Scanlon), University of MN  (John Christianson); and Tulane (Eric Ford)

The Leapfrog Group

Hospitals in the six target markets participating in the pilots


6 purchaser or payor-led groups:  3 employer coalitions in ME, MN & TN); 2 groups of large employers; and 1 health plan (Blue Shield of CA)

Consultants from Medstat, Towers Perrin, and Ropes & Gray

15. Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
PI: Mark Young (later Kenneth D. Coburn)

Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Community Health Studies

Penn State Univ.College of Medicine, Health Eval. Sciences


Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Helwig Diabetes Center

10 primary care practices in SE Pennsylvania


16. New York State Dept Of Health, Division of Community-Based Care
PI: Suzanne Broderick & Beth Dichter

Research Division of Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale (RDHHAR)

American Health Care Association; Institute for the Future of Aging Services; Associaiton of Health Facility Survey Agencies

45 nursing homes and 14 adult care facilities throughout NY State

NYS DOH, Division of Community-Based Care

Health Research Inc. (affiliated with NYSDOH)

Columbia University Stroud Center; The Commonwealth Fund

17.  Physicians Micro Systems, Inc.
PI: Steven M Ornstein, Medical University of South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)


100+ participating practices from 35+ states; practices range in size from solo nurse practitioners to 10+ clinicians


Physician Micro Systems, Inc., (an electronic medical records vendor) and  Practice Partner Research Network (PPRNet), a consortium of primary care doctors, PMSI & MUSC

18. Research Triangle Institute
PI: Lucy A Savitz



5 large health systems:  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center  (UPMC) Health System;  Providence Health System; Intermountain Health Care; UNC Health Care; and Baylor Health System


19. Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI)
PI: Josie R Williams

Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center: 1) Rural & Community Health Institute (RCHI), and

2) Healthcare Evaluation Inst.


Texas Department of Health, Region 8

12 small rural hospitals in TX (part of TX A & M/RCHI network)

Texas Dept of Health, State Epidemiology Office

Michigan Department of Public Health

US Air Force, Texas Center for Medicald Strategy Training and Readiness (TC-Medstar)

20. Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Center for Home Care Policy and Research
PI: Penny H Feldman

VNSNY, Center for Home Care Policy and Research


8 home health agencies in 7 states for the diabetes collaborative

69 home health agencies for the ReACH collaborative


10 QIOs for the ReACH collaborative

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