The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has selected 10 community-based healthcare alliances to participate in the Doctor Project, a $1.3 million effort to help consumers better understand and access information on the quality of healthcare local physicians provide.
The project provides participants with resources to develop community reports on the quality of care that local physicians deliver. The organizations will develop or work with existing websites that are consumer-friendly and trusted within the local community to publish the reports. Communities will also publish their results in special issues of Consumer Reports magazine.
It is often easier for Americans to get restaurant reviews than to get reliable and easy-to-understand information about the care their doctors provide, said Susan Mende, senior program officer at RWJF. Through the Doctor Project, we are aiming to change that by creating sustainable reporting systems that are essential to building a national culture of health for generations to come.
Organizations selected to participate in the Doctor Project include:
*Common Table Health Alliance (Memphis, Tenn.)
*Greater Detroit Area Health Council (Detroit, Mich.)
*Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus (Columbus, Ohio)
*Integrated Healthcare Association (California)
*Maine Health Management Coalition (Maine)
*Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (Massachusetts)
*MN Community Measurement (Minnesota)
*The Health Collaborative (Cincinnati, Ohio)
*Washington Health Alliance (Washington State)
*Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (Wisconsin)
In addition to leading local efforts in Minnesota, MN Community Measurement manages the Doctor Project through a grant from RWJF. The project builds on the success of a pilot initiative in three communities that are part of "Aligning Forces for Quality," the RWJF signature effort to lift the overall quality of healthcare in targeted communities.
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