The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) is a national private/public partnership committed to adopting and disseminating to the public standardized, meaningful, relevant, and easily understood information about hospitals' performance on an ever-increasing number of clinical quality and patient experience measures.
Virtually all of the nation's community hospitals submit data about these measures. The HQA then posts and continuously updates this information on its Hospital Compare website (www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov). The HQA believes that making available this information, along with information about efficiency, equity, and pricing, will promote further improvements in the quality, safety and delivery of health care.
The HQA was created in December 2002, when the FAH, the American Hospital Assoication, and the Association of American Medical Colleges joined with organizations representing physicians and nurses, quality measure endorsers, consumer representatives, labor, employers, and payers, along with the federal Department of Health and Human Services and two of its agencies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Listed below are links to HQA press releases and relevant articles. Additional information about the HQA and its quality measures is available at www.hospitalqualityalliance.org.