Professional Associations

American College of Healthcare Executives
The ACHE is the professional society of nearly 40,000 healthcare executives. The site provides comprehensive information for individuals engaged in the management of healthcare entities and services. The site provides information about ACHE’s continuing education, publications and career planning along with forums to engage the healthcare professional on a variety of contemporary management issues.

 

Healthcare Financial Management Association
HFMA is the nation’s leading personal membership organization for more than 33,000 financial management professionals employed in healthcare related organizations. The site provides financial managers access to resources, regulatory and reimbursement information and continuing education. Specific focus on HIPAA and Prospective Payment Systems are also highlighted on the site.

 

Healthcare Information Management Systems Society
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is a professional association for the management of technology, information, and change in healthcare through publications, educational opportunities, and member services. The site serves as a resource for seminars, networking, employment services and research. A comprehensive listing of products and vendors related to the information field is also available.

 

Medical Group Management Association
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), founded in 1926, is the nation’s principal voice for medical group practice. MGMA’s 20,000 members manage and lead more than 12,000 organizations in which more than 242,000 physicians practice. MGMA leads the profession and assists members through information, education, networking and advocacy. Its core purpose is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent.

 

Regulatory/Government Agencies

 

Health and Human Services
The Department Of Health And Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The site serves as an access point into the vast world of the federal government’s role in providing and paying for health care services. The site contains information on 300 plus government entities, programs and services for researchers, consumers and providers.

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMS is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), we are the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and several other health-related programs.

 

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standards by which health care quality is measured in America and around the world. The Joint Commission evaluates the quality and safety of more than 15,000 health care organizations. The site provides education on the standards and processes by which health care organizations are measured.

 

United Government Services
United Government Services (UGS) is a Medicare Part A Intermediary that has had an agreement for 40 years with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to process Medicare Part A claims and provide other administrative services. As an intermediary, UGS processes claims received from Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Outpatient Physical Therapy and Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, End Stage Renal Disease Facilities, Rural Health Clinics, Home Health and Hospice providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Critical Access Hospitals in Wisconsin. UGS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, and is part of the WellPoint Inc. family of companies.

 

Hospital Resource Organizations

 

American Hospital Association (AHA)
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

 

Wisconsin Hospital Association
The Wisconsin Hospital Association represents 135 hospitals and the patients and communities they serve. This site serves as an entry portal to access information and resources for its member hospitals and healthcare systems. Content includes hospitals in the news, legislative issues on a state and national level and other resources.

 

Quality Resources

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This site provides information on support research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective services. The research sponsored, conducted, and disseminated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides information that helps people make better decisions about health care.

 

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2003. WCHQ’s purpose is to promote healthcare quality improvement and engage in exempt charitable, educational and research activities to promote transparency and true healthcare quality improvement. WCHQ does this through the development of verifiable measures for meaningful public reporting. This site allows you to view the performance of WCHQ’s members’ healthcare organizations

 

American Society for Quality
The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the world’s leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 individual and organizational members, this professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.

 

Safety

 

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a non-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. IHI is a reliable source of energy, knowledge, and support for a never-ending campaign to improve health care worldwide. The Institute helps accelerate change in health care by cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care and turning those ideas into action.

 

National Patient Safety Foundation
The NPSF’s goal is to improve the safety of patients through efforts to: Identify and create a core body of knowledge; Identify pathways to apply the knowledge; Develop and enhance the culture of receptivity to patient safety; Raise public awareness and foster communications about patient safety; and Improve the status of the Foundation and its ability to meet its goals.

 

Other Resources

 

World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established in April 1948. WHO’s objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO’s Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This site provides information and education on diseases and issues affecting the World’s health.