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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in state-based public health.

Review Date: November 02, 2011

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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. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration, improves the health status of the population by providing national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that provides the highest quality care of all. HRSA programs train health care professionals and place them where they are needed most. Grants support scholarship and loan repayment programs at colleges and universities to meet critical workforce shortages and promote diversity within the health professions.

Review Date: June 27, 2011

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers, and through its grantees, health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. HRSA trains health professionals to improve systems of care in rural communities, and oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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National Center for Health Statistics - NCHS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. NCHS is a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy. NCHS collects data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. NCHS is a key element of our national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Center on Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act. To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations.

Review Date: June 30, 2011

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National Guideline Clearinghouse™, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use. NGC does not have professionals on staff who are available to directly answer patients' questions and/or to advise on health-related issues or experiences.

Review Date: July 07, 2011

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National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

NQMC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is a database and Web site for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures and measure sets. NQMC is sponsored by AHRQ to promote widespread access to quality measures by the health care community and other interested individuals. The NQMC mission is to provide practitioners, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining detailed information on quality measures, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use in order to inform health care decisions. NQMC builds on AHRQ's previous initiatives in quality measurement, including the Computerized Needs-Oriented Quality Measurement Evaluation System (CONQUEST), the Expansion of Quality of Care Measures (Q-SPAN) project, the Quality Measurement Network (QMNet) project, and the Performance Measures Inventory (PMI).

Review Date: June 15, 2011

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Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of 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 Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include medical and social science research; preventing outbreak of infectious disease, including immunization services; assuring food and drug safety; Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people); financial assistance for low-income families (AFDC); child support enforcement; improving maternal and infant health; Head Start (pre-school education and services); preventing child abuse and domestic violence; substance abuse treatment and prevention; and services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the federal government, providing some 60,000 grants per year. HHS' Medicare program is the nation's largest health insuror, handling more than 800 million claims per year. HHS works closely with State and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The Department's programs are administered by 11 HHS operating divisions. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons

The goal of this scientific and educational association of orthopedists and neurosurgeons is to improve the quality of care and directions for patients in the fields of orthopaedics and neurosurgery. The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons (AANOS) sets high standards for training, credentialing and surgical education and for the practice of orthopaedics and neurosurgery by teaching through the Journal of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery. AANOS also hosts meetings and workshops throughout the year for practitioners in the field.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Board of Internal Medicine

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) establishes the requirements for certification and maintenance of certification for physicians in internal medicine, its subspecialties, and areas of added qualifications. ABIM creates the certifying examinations, works to improve physician training, and contributes to setting the standards for internal medicine and medical quality in general. The Board's Web site provides complete information on certification examinations and the maintenance of certification process including the self-evaluation process. In the Web sites On-line Services area, users can register for exams, enroll in maintenance of certification, and acquire self-evaluation products.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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American Board of Pediatrics

Founded in 1933, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABP is an independent, nonprofit organization whose certificate is recognized throughout the world as a credential signifying a high level of physician competence. The ABP strives to improve training, establishes the requirements for certification, and sets the standards for its examinations. Certification by the ABP has one objective -- to promote excellence in medical care for children and adolescents. Certification represents dedication to the highest level of professionalism in patient care. ABP certification provides a standard of excellence by which the public can select pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Although ABP certification is voluntary, nearly all qualified pediatricians seek this recognition.

Review Date: April 20, 2011

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American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

The ACAAI is a professional association of 4,000 allergists/immunologists. Established in 1942, the ACAAI is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education. The ACAAI's goals are to: improve the quality of patient care in allergy, asthma and immunology; maintain and advance the diagnostic and therapeutic skills of members and foster their appropriate application; sponsor and conduct educational and scientific programs and publications; develop and disseminate educational information for members, patients, health plan purchasers and administrators, and other physicians and health professionals.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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American College of Chest Physicians

The American College of Chest Physicians provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine, surgery, critical care and related fields for physicians. Programs of continuing medical education are offered to help physicians acquire new knowledge and improve the quality of care. Postgraduate courses are offered throughout the year at various locations in the United States and Canada. Most of the courses last for between 1 and 4 days.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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American College of Physicians

The mission of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes over 118,000 physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Review Date: August 23, 2010

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American Hospital Association

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. Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

Review Date: August 12, 2010

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American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847, is the professional organization for physicians in the United States. The AMA disseminates information on issues important to physicians, patients, and the nation's health. The AMA is active in legislative issues and in setting standards for medical practice and education. Other activities include counseling on practice management problems, policy studies in a variety of areas, a medical library for physicians, publications, and meetings and conferences. The AMA library has a collection of over 60,000 volumes and 2,500 journals, and has direct computer access to the National Library of Medicine's database.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Nurses Association

In 1896 a group of nursing alumnae formed an organization that was incorporated as The Nurses Associated Alumnae in 1901. In 1911, the name was changed to the American Nurses Association (ANA). This professional organization offers services to nurses in such areas as continuing education, professional standards, conferences, governmental relations, economic and general welfare, and research, and provides services to its constituent nurses' associations in each State, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. ANA publications serve those in the profession as a forum for research and a voice among peers.

Review Date: April 12, 2010

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America's Blood Centers

Founded in 1962, America's Blood Centers is North America's network of non-profit community blood centers. America's Blood Centers' U.S. members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canadian members are regulated by Health Canada. America's Blood Centers' members operate more than 600 donor centers, and provide blood products and services to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America. America's Blood Centers' members subscribe to a community-based blood banking philosophy. That means community donors know that the blood they give stays in that community first – helping family members, friends and neighbors. Any excess supply is shared with other communities who need it most.

Review Date: April 12, 2012

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Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is a national association representing community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPI)* within the United States, its territories, and freely associated states, primarily through our member community health centers.

Review Date: August 10, 2010

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C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth

Located at Dartmouth, this Institute is dedicated to the improvement of human health. The Institute designs and implements strategies that enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities. Providing continuing leadership in innovative physician, patient, and public education, the Institute seeks to address the fragmentation and isolation that affects our society.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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Digestive Disease National Coalition

The Digestive Disease National Coalition is an advocacy organization comprised of several national voluntary and professional societies concerned with digestive diseases. The DDNC focuses on improving public policy related to digestive diseases and increasing public awareness with respect to the many diseases of the digestive system. Founded in 1978, the DDNC's purpose is to improve access to and the quality of digestive disease health care in order to promote the best possible medical outcome and quality of life for current and future patients with digestive diseases.

Review Date: December 08, 2008

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Family Care Research Program

Family Care Research Program is a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of faculty from the Michigan State University Colleges of Nursing and Human Medicine and the Department of Family Practice. The program's primary goal is to learn how patients and families face the burden of providing care, primarily for patients with cancer, in a transforming health care system; to better understand how families learn to care; and to disseminate this scientific knowledge and influence health care reform and policy.

Review Date: March 12, 2010

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Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

The Federation is composed of 70 member boards whose primary responsibilities and obligations are to protect the public through the regulation of physicians and other health care providers. FSMB serves as a liaison, advocate, researcher, educator and information source to the public, to health care organizations and to state, national and international authorities.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

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Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care for terminally ill people, with the goal of enhancing the American health care system and the role of hospice within it. HFA meets it's mission by conducting programs for professional development, public education and information, participating in policy initiatives and fostering communication among those interested in end-of-life issues.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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Institute for Family-Centered Care

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care advances the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. In partnership with patients, families, and health care professionals, the Institute seeks to integrate these concepts into all aspects of health care. The Institute accomplishes its mission through education, consultation, and technical assistance; materials development and information dissemination; research; and strategic partnerships. The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care is a non-profit organization founded in 1992.

Review Date: May 27, 2011

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Boston, MA, IHI is a catalyst for change, cultivating innovative concepts for improving patient care and implementing programs for putting those ideas into action. Thousands of health care providers participate in IHI's groundbreaking work.

Review Date: December 04, 2008

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International Association of Providers of AIDS Care

The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) represents clinicians and lay persons providing HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. Its mission is to improve the quality of prevention, care, and treatment services delivered to people at risk for and those living with HIV/AIDS and comorbid conditions, including viral hepatitis. The mission is advanced through educational, technical assistance, advocacy, and other initiatives spearheaded by IAPAC members.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. NAIC members are the elected or appointed state government officials who along with their departments and staff, regulate the conduct of insurance companies and agents in their respective state or territory. The NAIC's overriding objective is to assist state insurance regulators in protecting consumers and helping maintain the financial stability of the insurance industry by offering financial, actuarial, legal, computer, research, market conduct and economic expertise. For more consumer information visit InsureUonline.org.

Review Date: August 13, 2010

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National Commission on Correctional Health Care

The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in our nation’s jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC’s leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care.

Review Date: December 02, 2011

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National Committee for Quality Assurance

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to measuring the quality of America's health care. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors that includes employers, consumer and labor representatives, health plans, quality experts, regulators, and representatives from organized medicine. NCQA's mission is to improve the quality of health care delivered to people everywhere. To achieve this goal, NCQA's efforts are organized around two activities, accreditation and performance measurement (report cards), which are complementary strategies for producing information to guide choice.

Review Date: October 04, 2011

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National Health Council

The National Health Council (NHC), founded in 1920, is a nonprofit association of health organizations, including voluntary health agencies, professional and membership associations, nonprofit voluntary organizations with an interest in health, and health-related businesses. NHC promotes public accountability of voluntary health agencies by their compliance to both financial and performance standards; facilitates problem solving and mutual efforts among the membership in community health promotion, volunteer initiatives, and varied issues and concerns which impact health; conducts briefings and seminars; publishes manuals; and stimulates awareness of health career opportunities for young people.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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National PACE Association

A nonprofit membership organization, NPA represents the interests of over 100 organizational members. These member organizations share the goal of promoting the availability of quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services to frail older adults through the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and similar models of care.

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates its grantmaking in four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse--tobacco, alcohol, and ilicit drugs.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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The Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Located in New York City, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious, complex illness.

Review Date: November 03, 2011

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The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a private, not for profit organization established in 1951 to evaluate health care organizations that voluntarily seek accreditation. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations in the United States, including 4,400 hospitals, more than 3,900 home care entities, and over 7,000 other health care organizations that provide behavioral health care, laboratory, ambulatory care, and long term care services. The Joint Commission also evaluates and accredits health plans and health care networks. It is governed by representatives from the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, an at-large nursing representative, six public members, and the Joint Commission President.

Review Date: October 06, 2010

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The National Coalition on Health Care

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) is the nation's largest and most broadly representative alliance working to improve America's health care. The Coalition is comprised of almost 100 groups employing or representing approximately 100 million Americans and united in mission for better, more affordable, and more equitable health care for all Americans. The Coalition brings together large and small businesses, labor unions, consumer groups, religious groups and primary care providers. Distinguished leaders from academia, business and government have also pledged their support of the Coalition's efforts.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

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