AQAF of Alabama, IQH of Mississippi form strategic alliance

Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF), a Birmingham, Alabama,-based private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and health care in Alabama, is entering into a strategic alliance with Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH), based in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

AQAF and IQH will operate under a newly formed management company, Quality Partners Management Services, Inc.

AQAF has provided health care quality improvement and utilization review services in Alabama for more than 40 years. AQAF works with Alabama health care providers, health systems, and health plans to ensure that patients receive safe, cost-effective and evidence-based care that meets the highest professional standards.

IQH, an independent, Mississippi not-for-profit corporation based in Ridgeland, has worked to improve the health of patients through quality improvement and tobacco cessation services for more than 40 years. IQH is dedicated to continuing its work with health care providers and patients to achieve better patient care and better health in its communities.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to combine IQH’s and AQAF’s strengths and resources to better serve the providers and patients in Mississippi and Alabama,” said AQAF CEO, D. Wesley Smith, MD.

Under a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, both AQAF and IQH are members of the atom Alliance, a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) that serves Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

“This new alliance offers the opportunity for effectively building on the strengths and experiences of both AQAF and IQH,” said Becky Roberson, IQH chief executive officer. “We are very pleased to be part of it. Our decades of experience working to improve healthcare will serve us well in continuing our relationships with healthcare providers, patients and partners.”

AQAF and IQH will continue to provide services to their clients in their respective states. Quality Partners Management Services, Inc., which will be based in Birmingham, will provide administrative support to both organizations.

The AQAF, IQH alliance goes into effect July 1, 2016.

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