Choosing Wisely® Consumer Partners
These organizations, working with Consumer Reports, are joining Choosing Wisely to help disseminate information and educate patients on making wise decisions.
Alliance Health Networks
Alliance Health Networks is an innovative social networking company whose mission is to enable a more consumer-centric health care industry. With a growing portfolio of social networks built around distinct disease states and health interests, Alliance Health today connects more than one million registered members across 50 different conditions. Alliance Health’s platform unlocks meaningful opportunities for patients and caregivers to connect with each other, to personalized information, and to products and services.
The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health benefits founded over ten years ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality, and affordability. Leapfrog conducts the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care.
California was the first state to create a health benefit exchange following the passage of the federal health care law. Covered California is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace, in which individuals and small businesses can get access to health insurance. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California will help individuals compare and choose a health plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Financial help will be available from the federal government to help lower costs for people who qualify on a sliding scale. Small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits. Covered California is an independent part of state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.
Midwest Business Group on Health
The Midwest Business Group on Health is a nonprofit, Chicago-based business coalition comprised primarily of human resources and health benefits professionals from over 100 large, self-insured public and private employers as well as other health care stakeholders. Members represent over 3 million lives and spend more than $3 billion on health care benefits on an annual basis. MBGH serves as one of the nation’s leading employer-focused coalitions and is a recognized leader in offering education, research and community-based activities that increase the value of health benefits and health care services.
Minnesota Health Action Group
The Minnesota Health Action Group is a not-for-profit coalition of public and private employers committed to reshaping Minnesota’s health-care landscape by introducing innovative programs and solutions that address cost, quality, outcomes, and access for health-care purchasers; convening leaders from private and public-sector business, health care suppliers, and government to find solutions to health care challenges while building Minnesota communities (and ultimately, a healthy workforce); and engaging health care consumers so they better manage their health and begin to purchase health care services based on cost and quality data. Established in 1988 as the Buyers Health Care Action Group, the organization has served as a catalyst for the development of new models of care delivery, aligned payment strategies and consumer engagement.
National Business Coalition on Health
The National Business Coalition on Health is a national, nonprofit, membership organization of purchaser-led health care coalitions. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. NBCH seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population.
National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members’ most important health care and health benefits challenges. Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers—representing the nation’s most innovative health care purchasers—that provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. Business Group members share strategies for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, increasing productivity, and supporting healthy lifestyles.
National Center for Farmworker Health
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing technical assistance, information services and provider and patient education products to a network of 700+ migrant health center service sites in the United State as well as academic institutions, researchers and individuals involved in farmworker health.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest leadership and membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice and palliative care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. NHPCO’s innovative programs include Caring Connections, a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections provides free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis and brings together community, state and national partners working to improve care.
National Partnership for Women & Families
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. The organization has fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families over the last 40 years. The National Partnership runs the Campaign for Better Care, a multifaceted national effort to protect vulnerable older patients with multiple health problems and ensure they can access well-coordinated, quality health care. The Campaign has built a broad-based consumer coalition with more than 150 organizations, and has mobilized tens of thousands of online activists across the country to advance this work. It is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation
The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon by leading community collaborations and producing unbiased information. Q Corp works with community members – including consumers, providers, employers, policymakers and health insurers – to improve the health of all Oregonians. For more information, visit www.Q-Corp.org.
Pacific Business Group on Health
Pacific Business Group on Health is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit business coalitions focused on health care. PBGH helps leverage the power of its 50 large purchaser members who spends $12 billion annually to provide health care coverage to more than 3 million employees, retirees and dependents in California alone. PBGH works on many fronts to improve the quality and affordability of health care, often in close partnership with health insurance plans, physician groups, consumer organizations and others concerned about the health care system.
Puget Sound Health Alliance
The Puget Sound Health Alliance is a nonprofit organization where the people who get, provide and pay for health care come together to improve health care quality and affordability in a five-county region in Washington State. Alliance participants include employers, physicians, hospitals, patients, health plans, and others from throughout the region. The alliance measures the quality of health care and produce publicly available reports designed to help improve health care decision-making.
SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is the largest health care union, with more than 1.1 million members in the field; the largest property services union, with 225,000 members in the building cleaning and security industries; and the second largest public services union, with more than 1 million local and state government workers.
Union Plus is brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to deliver Union Plus consumer benefit programs uniquely designed for working families. Union Plus benefits are exclusively for participating union members, retirees and their families. Union Plus uses the collective buying power of more than 13 million union members to offer over 40 discounts and services to working families.
Washington State Medical Association
The Washington State Medical Association represents over 9,800 physicians throughout Washington state. Its vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and to receive care. The WSMA is promoting Choosing Wisely as part of its Know Your Choices – Ask Your Doctor campaign, a statewide effort to give patients the tools they need to make informed choices about their care — whether that’s a CT scan for a headache, understanding choices other than the emergency room when unexpected care is needed, or making informed end-of-life choices. For more information about the WSMA, please visit www.wsma.org.
In just over a decade, Wikipedia has become the world’s largest, most widely read general information resource. Its success is built on a dedication to clear, factual, neutral information, and a novel production process that permits any individual to play a role in fighting bias. Wikipedia’s 90,000 active contributors have applied the collaborative practices pioneered in free/open source software development to the world of knowledge production and public education. Wikipedia’s nonprofit, volunteer-driven model, unique among the world’s top 25 websites, empowers citizens and consumers with knowledge and with the ability to contribute directly to a world-class publication. Wikipedia volunteers specializing in health and medicine will work closely with the medical experts of Choosing Wisely®, building on each other’s skills to inform consumers about over-prescribed medical procedures. Choosing Wisely worked with Wiki Strategies consulting agency to recruit a Wikipedian in Residence, based on successful programs at the British Museum, the U.S. National Archives and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This Wikipedia expert will connect Choosing Wisely with the dedicated volunteer community that has produced 23,000 medical articles on Wikipedia.