The Commonwealth Fund Quality Improvement Colloquia


The mission of the Fund's Quality Improvement Program is to generate and disseminate knowledge that will be used to improve health care. The goals of a Quality Improvement Colloquia series will be several: 1) to synthesize findings produced by Fund grantees and others on specific quality-of-care improvement strategies; 2) to identify and characterize best practices and highlight successful quality improvement interventions and their impact; 3) to develop recommendations for public policy changes, for institutional improvement strategies, and for a future research agenda; and 4) to establish a Quality Improvement Leaders Network whose members would be willing and able to act on these recommendations. Two colloquia will be held each year. The first will likely focus on ways to align the financial incentives of health plans, physicians, and purchasers to support effective quality-of-care interventions, particularly those most likely to achieve an immediate impact. The second colloquium will examine the promises and pitfalls of physician performance information as a tool for improving health care and public accountability. Future meetings will explore the roles of information technology and learning collaboratives in effecting improvements in health care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator:
David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 9, 2002

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