The Alliance Cooperative (Midwest States)
Registry Participation Helps with Quality Designation for the Midwest
The Alliance is a not-for profit cooperative based in Wisconsin that exists to help their members manage their health care dollars while positively impacting their employees’ health. They contract with several hospitals, professional service providers, and insurance trusts in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The Alliance has a program called QualityPath which covers 100% of medical costs for patients for certain procedures, including knee and total hip replacements. These patients are directed specifically to QualityPath-designated hospitals and surgeons who are known for quality care.
To receive this designation for knee and total hip replacement from The Alliance, hospitals and surgeons are required to be AJRR participants. There are three registry-related criteria that hospitals and surgeons must meet in order to submit a QualityPath application:
- Facility must participate in the AJRR
- Facility must use data from registry to support quality improvement efforts
- Surgeon must participate in the AJRR
Hospitals must have a signed contract with the AJRR at the time of their QualityPath application. They also must have proof that they have submitted data. This can be in the form of an email from AJRR confirming submission success, or reports from the Registry showing organizational data. Hospitals also need to demonstrate their use of AJRR data for quality improvement and show surgeon involvement. To support this criterion, hospitals must provide a brief description of how their facility and surgeons use registry data to improve quality. The third criterion is that surgeons must participate in the AJRR by submitting data or having the data submitted on their behalf, to the full extent allowed by the Registry. A dashboard report must be presented as proof.
Below you'll see the service areas where hospitals and surgeons are eligible to become Quality-Path designated.
For more information on QualityPath, please visit The Alliance website.