Quality and Patient Safety

Patient Safety

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire is committed to providing our members quality care and ensuring patient safety. Patient safety is a fundamental principle of health care. Prioritizing the safety of patients results in reduced risks and harm, better health outcomes, enhanced patient experiences, and lower costs.

Types of Advance Directives

Credentialing and Provider Relations -
Using NCQA specifications, we thoroughly screen health care providers when they apply to be part of our network to maintain quality of service to members. Then we continually check to make sure they maintain their professional credentials and quality. Site visits and facility audits are performed by a Quality Improvement Specialist to assure that providers are consistently providing the highest possibly quality of care.

Rapidly Evolving Medical Advances -
We evaluate new technology in medical care and treatment on a regular basis to determine when new services should be covered. Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire medical experts review information from government health agencies and scientific publications. We also get input from providers who offer the service.

Continuous Improvement and Reporting -
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire uses resources such as the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to improve health care outcomes for our members. HEDIS is one of the most widely used sets of health care performance measures in the United States.

Resources

The following resources provide information that can help promote quality and patient safety. Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire encourages all participating providers to be actively involved in patient safety practices and quality improvement. Standards designed by the health care industry and patient safety groups holds both health care professionals and patients accountable for patient safety.

  • Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
    The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) publicly reports and brings meaning to performance measurement information that improves the quality and affordability of health care in Wisconsin, in turn improving the health of individuals and communities.
  • The Leapfrog Group
    The Leapfrog Group collect, analyze, and publish data on safety and quality to push the health care industry forward. Leapfrog promotes high-value care and informed health care decisions.
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association
    Advocate. Advance. Lead. It’s what the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) does for its member hospitals and health systems so they can provide high-quality, affordable, accessible health care for Wisconsin families and communities.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement – Triple Aim

    The IHI Triple Aim is a framework developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that describes an approach to optimizing health system performance. It is IHI’s belief that new designs must be developed to simultaneously pursue three dimensions, which we call the “Triple Aim”:

    • Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
    • Improving the health of populations; and
    • Reducing the per capita cost of health care.

    The organization helps provide training for health care providers in order to improve the health care of individuals and populations.
  • Hospital Compare Database
    This website displays hospital performance data in a consistent, unified manner to ensure the availability of credible information about the care delivered in the nation’s hospitals
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.