Community Quality Collaboratives

Community quality collaboratives are community-based organizations of multiple stakeholders, including health care providers, purchasers (employers, employer coalitions, Medicaid and others), health plans, and consumer advocacy organizations, that are working together to transform health care at the local level. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers these organizations many tools to assist in their efforts.


Community quality collaboratives are key drivers of health care reform at the local level. These collaboratives, including 24 Chartered Value Exchanges (CVEs), are implementing a bold vision for health care reform built on four cornerstones. These cornerstones are:

  • Measuring and publishing quality information to enable consumers to make better decisions about their care.
  • Measuring and publishing price information to give consumers information they need to make decisions on purchasing health care.
  • Promoting quality and efficiency of care.
  • Adopting interoperable health information technology.

AHRQ offers a compendium of tools and resources for other community quality collaboratives who want to follow paths similar to Community Leaders and Chartered Value Exchanges.

Tools to Engage Consumers

The Community Quality Collaborative Leader's Guide to Engaging Consumer Advocates (Archived)
Guide for including consumer advocates in Community Quality Collaboratives

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Tools on Measures, Data, and Reports on Quality and Efficiency

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®)
Public-private initiative to develop standardized surveys of patients' experiences with ambulatory and facility-level care

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Online query system that provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient utilization and quality—at the national and State levels—and thereby can inform local quality agenda.

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National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report
Annual, comprehensive overviews of the state of quality and disparities in health care in the United States

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AHRQ Preventable Hospitalization Costs, a County-Level Mapping Tool
Downloadable software that can be used with administrative data on hospital admissions to assess the number and cost of "preventable admissions" in State or communities.

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Identifying, Categorizing, and Evaluating Health Care Efficiency Measures
Rand report that identifies, analyzes, and classifies current definitions of efficiency, lays out a roadmap to help illuminate discussions, and identifies next steps.

AHRQ Quality Indicators
Downloadable software that can be used with hospital administrative data to assess quality of care. Software includes four modules: inpatient quality indicators; patient safety quality indicators; prevention quality indicators; and pediatric quality indicators.

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Tools for Public and Private Reporting

AHRQ CVE: Public Reporting Web Sites
This page has links to public reporting Web sites sponsored by Chartered Value Exchanges or stakeholders affiliated with a CVE.

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AHRQ's Public Report Surveys
AHRQ's Public Report Surveys are designed to provide developers of Web-based public reports with information on how well their reports are meeting consumers' needs, and thereby inform redesign considerations.

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Multistakeholder Regional Collaboratives Have Been Key Drivers of Public Reporting, But Now Face Challenges. Young G. Health Affairs 2012;31(3):578-84.
Gary J. Young, director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research at Northeastern University in Boston, found that multistakeholder regional collaboratives have led the way in producing public reports about health care provider' performance. Young conducted a study of eight Chartered Value Exchanges and stakeholders in Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Washington, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indiana. He found that they have built trust and cooperation among stakeholders, improving provider performance and enabling consumers to choose providers that best meet their needs. One example: in Minnesota, where a program has been reporting on appropriate use of asthma medications, physician' compliance with guidelines has risen from 74 percent to more than 90 percent.

Private Performance Feedback Reporting for Physicians: Guidance for Community Quality Collaboratives
Community quality collaboratives face a range of considerations as they develop or redesign private performance feedback reports for physicians. This guide offers 13 specific recommendations intended primarily for CVEs and other collaboratives engaged in private feedback reporting.

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Promoting Your Public Report: A Hands-on Guide
Toolkit designed to help communities increase awareness and use of their public reports by consumers and other audiences, includes suggested approaches and template materials.

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Talking Quality
Site designed to support organizations that develop and publish public reports that compare the quality of health care providers.

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Tools on Incentives for Quality

Decision Guide on Consumer Financial Incentives
An evidence summary organized around 21 questions that span incentive design and implementation decisions identified by user-stakeholders. It reviews the application of incentives to five types of consumer decisions: selecting a high value provider, selecting a high value health plan, deciding among treatment options, reducing health risks by seeking preventive care, and reducing health risks by decreasing or eliminating high-risk behavior.

Tools to Improve Preventive Services

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Expert recommendations for clinical preventive services

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A Purchaser's Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Moving Science into Coverage
Information source for employers on clinical preventive service benefit design.

Page last reviewed June 2016
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Community Quality Collaboratives. Content last reviewed June 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.