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NC Healthcare Alliance Joins NRHI for Care Quality Improvement

The North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance will join other NRHI members in collaborating for care quality improvement.

NCHCA will join NRHI to promote collaboration and care quality improvement.

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By Kate Monica

- North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance (NCHQA) recently joined the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) as part of an effort to enable affordable care quality improvement for North Carolina residents through stakeholder collaboration.

NRHI is a national organization comprised of regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs). The organization is focused primarily on improving and transforming healthcare delivery nationwide.

“NRHI is committed to addressing healthcare affordability by improving health, lowering costs, and reducing waste,” said NRHI President and CEO Elizabeth Mitchell. “With this focus, North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance could not be a better addition to our membership.”

“NCHQA has had repeated success in improving chronic disease care, reducing hospital readmissions, limiting overuse of drugs and procedures, and generally improving the care given to North Carolinians,” she continued.

NCHQA’s Board of Directors includes physicians and healthcare industry stakeholders from hospitals, payer organizations, government agencies, and other organizations. Alliance members collaborate to improve care quality across the care continuum for patients throughout North Carolina.

“We’re excited to be part of a national organization that shares our most important goal – to improve the quality of healthcare so that people can live healthier lives,” said NCHQA President Alan Hirsch.

“NRHI provides the opportunity for NCHQA to learn from the experiences of others throughout the country,” added Hirsch. “We look forward to working with NRHI and its member organizations to identify resources, build on the successes of others, and implement new initiatives to address the challenges facing healthcare in North Carolina.”

NRHI’s network presently includes about 35 RHICs and state-affiliated partners. RHICs are non-profit organizations governed by multi-stakeholder boards that include healthcare consumers, providers, payers and purchasers.

NRHI members focus on a variety of healthcare industry priorities including population health management and clinical efficiency improvement. Members also work together to coordinate federal programs and initiatives that leverage local innovation.

Stakeholder collaboration is key to yielding improvements in health data exchange, health IT use, and patient care delivery.

Last year, NRHI entered into a formal partnership with the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) in an effort to improve patient care delivery, health data exchange, and population health management.

The partnership is intended to advance policies to support regional health data exchange, identify regional partnership opportunities between NRHI and SHIEC members, and pursue opportunities to achieve common objectives. The organizations also share best practices between members.

Health information exchanges (HIEs) part of SHIEC have the opportunity to assist RHICs by providing infrastructure for data exchange that complies with federal, state, and regional regulations. SHIEC represents more than 50 statewide, regional, and community HIEs.

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