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HEALTHCARE MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATIONS

AARP: The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.

Alliance of Community Health Plans: ACHP helps its members lead their communities in providing affordable, high-quality care and coverage that offers outstanding value for the health care dollar and provides a platform to improve health care nationally. Its mission is to promote the highest standards of health care quality and health improvement through collaborative learning, innovation and advocacy.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons, allied health professionals and the public. The Academy also serves as an advocate for improved patient care, medical liability reform, and increased Federal funding for musculoskeletal research. AAOS is the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists, serving approximately 28,000 members internationally.

American Academy of Pediatrics: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate, masterís and doctoral degree nursing programs in the U.S. Representing more than 590 member institutions, AACN works to improve the quality of our nationís health care by preparing a well-educated nursing workforce. The association works to establish quality standards for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

American College of Physicians: The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

American College of Surgeons: The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.

American Health Quality Association: The American Health Quality Association (AHQA) is a charitable, educational, not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to health care quality through community-based, independent quality evaluation and improvement programs. AQHA represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America.

American Hospital Association: The mission of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is to advance the health of individuals and communities. AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

American Nurses Association: The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member nurses associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE): Founded in 1967, the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association, is a national organization of over 5,000 nurses who design, facilitate, and manage care. Its mission is to represent nurse leaders who improve healthcare. AONE members are leaders in collaboration and catalysts for innovation. AONE's vision is "Shaping the future of healthcare through innovative nursing leadership."

American Osteopathic Association: The goal of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is to organize the efforts of individual physicians and colleges to advance the osteopathic medical profession. The AOA's mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective health care within a distinct, unified profession.

Association of American Medical Colleges: The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a non-profit association founded in 1876 to work for reform in medical education. The AAMC has as its purpose the improvement of the nation's health through the advancement of medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Association for Community Affiliated Plans: The mission of the association is to improve the health of vulnerable populations through the support of Medicaid-focused community affiliated health plans committed to these populations and the providers who serve them.

Buyers Health Care Action Group: The Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) is a coalition of public and private employers working to recreate the health care system so consumers will get the care they need in the right place, at the right time and at the right price. They develop purchaser strategies and seek out consumer information tools that promote a safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable and patient-centered health care system.

Mid-America Coalition on Health Care: The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care (Coalition) is an employer-driven organization bringing together the regionís healthcare delivery stakeholders (physicians and medical societies, health plans, hospitals, unions, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and bi-state governmental units) to address the rising costs of health care and improve the health and wellness of employees and all residents of the Kansas City area.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice: NAHC is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. Simply put, NAHC is the one organization dedicated to making home care and hospice providers lives easier.

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems: The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems represents over 100 hospitals and health systems that together comprise the essential infrastructure of many of America's largest metropolitan health systems. The association has made significant strides in educating decision makers about the unique needs of and challenges faced by member hospitals and the nation's most vulnerable populations.

National Business Coalition on Health: The National Business Coalition on Health provides expertise, resources, and a voice to its member coalitions across the country and represents each community coalition at the national level. As a "coalition of coalitions," the NBCH spreads the tenets and practical applications of Community Health Reform to areas where employers have yet to organize their purchasing power. For five years, NBCH has pursued national purchasing initiatives to offer turn-key health care products and services to community coalitions and their member employers. The NBCH is dedicated to making the coalition movement the vehicle for meaningful change in the health care system throughout the United States.

National Business Group on Health: The National Business Group on Health, is the only national non-profit organization exclusively devoted to representing the perspective of large employers and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies — including the nation's most innovative health care purchasers — who provide health coverage for more than 45 million U.S. workers, retirees, and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness.

National Governors Association: The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s, most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials.

National Health Council: The National Health Council promotes the health of all people, and supports and advocates on behalf of the voluntary health movement. Since its founding in 1920, the National Health Council has established itself as a dynamic forum for policy development ó the place where all segments of the health care community meet for reasoned discussion and persuasive advocacy. Today, the Council has grown to more than 115 member organizations representing many areas of health care.

National Hispanic Medical Association: The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a non-profit association representing 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations.

National Medical Association: The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians and their patients in the United States. It is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties: The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner (NP) education at the national and international levels. Starting in 1974 as a small group of educators meeting to develop the first NP curriculum guidelines, NONPF has evolved as the leading organization for NP faculty sharing the commitment of excellence in NP educations. Today, the organization represents a global network of over 1350 educators.

RESEARCH AND HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. (Read the latest news from AHRQ in the "What's New" section of their Web site.)

AcademyHealth: AcademyHealth is the professional home for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and a leading, non-partisan resource for the best in health research and policy. AcademyHealth promotes interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives, learn from each other, and strengthen their working relationships.

American Health Quality Foundation: The American Health Quality Foundation (AHQF) is the non-profit, charitable, educational affiliate of The American Health Quality Association. The Foundation works on a portfolio of activities that support the present and future work of the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) for Medicare beneficiaries and others. In addition, AHQF conducts research and educational activities in a number of areas, including health policy and health care quality improvement methods. A priority of the Foundation is to facilitate national level partnerships to facilitate meaningful health care quality improvement in local communities across the nation.

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.: The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) was established in 1995 to improve the quality of health and health-related services for beneficiaries of our nation's health coverage safety net — Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The core of CHCS' work is to identify and demonstrate best practices in Medicaid-managed care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans. CDC has remained at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. CDC applies research and findings to improve peopleís daily lives and responds to health emergenciesósomething that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administers the Medicare program, and works in partnership with the States to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards.

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS) is a consumer-led nonprofit organization, incorporated in Illinois in December 2002, formed to be a collective voice for individuals, families and healers who wish to prevent harm in healthcare encounters through partnership and collaboration. CAPS envisions creating a healthcare system that is safe, compassionate and just.

Grantmakers in Health: Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the nation's health. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.

HRET — American Hospital Association: The goal of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) is to advance ideas and practices beneficial to health care practitioners, institutions, consumers and society at large. Its principal activities focus on identifying, exploring, demonstrating and evaluating key strategic health care issues affecting innovative health care delivery systems, educating the field about the implications of changing health policies and developing strategies for community health improvement.

Institute for Family-Centered Care: The Institute for Family-Centered Care is a non-profit organization that provides leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. By promoting collaborative, empowering relationships between patients, families and health care providers, the Institute facilitates patient- and family-centered change in health care settings, serving individuals of all ages and their families.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization driving the improvement of health by advancing the quality and value of health care. Its mission is to improve the lives of patients, the health of communities, and the joy of the health care workforce. IHI's goals are for health care for all with no needless deaths, no needless pain or suffering, no helplessness in those served or serving, no unwanted waiting and no waste.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization recognized worldwide as the premier education resource for understanding and preventing medication errors. ISMP has nearly 30 years of experience in helping keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. ISMP also provides timely medication safety information to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the general public.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations: The mission of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS), Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports, educates, trains and offers assistance to individuals affected by medically induced trauma.

National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions: NACHRI is a not-for-profit organization of 181 children's hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers and related health systems throughout North America. NACHRI promotes the health and well-being of all children and their families through support of children's hospitals and health systems. NACHRI works to ensure access to health care for all children and to ensure that children's hospitals' continue to provide services needed by children.

National Coalition on Health Care: The National Coalition on Health Care is the nationís largest and most broadly representative alliance working to improve Americaís health care. The Coalition, which was founded in 1990 and is non-profit and rigorously non-partisan, is comprised of almost 100 organizations, employing or representing about 150 million Americans. Members are united in the belief that we need — and can achieve — better, more affordable health care for all Americans.

National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ): NICHQ is an education and research organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of health care provided to children. Founded in 1999, NICHQ's mission is to eliminate the gap between what is and what can be in health care for all children. A national organization with its home office in Boston, NICHQ also has offices in Vermont and Washington State. Led by experienced children's health care professionals, NICHQ works to improve children's health care independently and by working in collaboration with others who share this goal.

National Partnership for Women & Families: The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual responsibilities of work and family. Working with business, government, unions, nonprofit organizations, and the media, the National Partnership is a voice for fairness, a source for solutions, and a force for change.

The National Patient Safety Foundation seeks to improve the safety of patients through our 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.

National Quality Forum: The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit membership organization created in 1999 to develop and implement a national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and reporting. It does so chiefly by endorsing measures of healthcare performance that, by virtue of NQF's unique, transparent, and rigorous Consensus Development Process, have special legal standing as national voluntary consensus standards.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. The Foundation is an independent voice and source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public. KFF develops and runs its own research and communications programs, often in partnership with outside organizations. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.

DISEASE-AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities. Find out what is happening in your area. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Heart Association: The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The American Heart Association is vested in influencing and contributing to the quality of care and health outcomes that impact communities today and in the future. AHA is committed to advancing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular patients, ultimately reducing disability and death from heart disease and stroke.




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