An Early Start

In 2003, chief executives from Wisconsin health care provider organizations came together to discuss forming a collaborative. Recognizing the importance of performance measurement, these leaders partnered with health care purchasers to create the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ). They started developing a unique set of ambulatory care measures that enable medical groups to collect and report data on all patients in their practice. To this day, WCHQ members actively use these measures to drive internal improvement efforts and reach across organizations, sharing their knowledge and learning from the highest performers.

ABIMF Recognized WCHQ for Building Trust between Physicians/Health Systems

In 2019, WCHQ was selected as one of eight “trust practice challenge” winners by the ABIM Foundation. WCHQ was recognized for its pioneering and sustaining work in building trust among and between physicians/health systems, the business community, and the public at large through its mission of public reporting and collaborative learning. In making the award, ABIMF recognized WCHQ’s long history of innovative and leading-edge work toward improved health, better care and lower cost.

As part of WCHQ’s selection, WCHQ President/CEO Chris Queram was invited to make a three-minute presentation at the annual ABIM Foundation Forum. The video summarizes how WCHQ has influenced and built trust by adhering to its basic mission of catalyzing collaboration, public reporting and transparency.

To learn more about WCHQ, this interview between Chris and Beth McGlynn, vice president, Kaiser Permanente Research provides more details on WCHQ’s background and work to improve quality, transparency and value.

Commitment to Gathering Data, Improving Quality and Public Reporting

Wisconsin health care providers are committed to continuously improve the quality of patient care they deliver to people in their communities. WCHQ provider members measure the quality and affordability of health care services in Wisconsin. The results are shared online at in the Performance and Progress Report. WCHQ members are committed to using performance measurement and public reporting to promote greater transparency, faster improvement, improved efficiency and equity within health care.

WCHQ convenes steering teams that plan and carry out initiatives to enhance health care quality and affordability. These groups include broad representation from health care providers, purchasers, consumers and others. Members and stakeholders gather quarterly for WCHQ Assembly meetings, where leaders from Wisconsin and national experts share new developments in clinical performance measurement and best practices that lead to higher quality and better patient care.

To join a steering team or learn more, contact [email protected].