About Us

Healthcare Provider Council

The Healthcare Provider Council (HPC) is a not-for-profit organization composed of individuals with experience and expertise in healthcare quality and hospital medicine. The HPC is dedicated to improving the practice of medicine through the development and delivery of high-impact information, education, and research.

Mission

The Hospital Quality Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare by supporting the development and/or delivery of information, education, and research related to medical practice, both in the hospital setting and in the health systems that compose today’s practice environment.

Background

With over 39 million discharges annually driving over $400 billion in costs, hospitalizations account for a major portion of total health care expenditures. In Medicare, inpatient care accounts for more than 35 percent of spending, and readmissions contribute billion of dollars to that cost.

There has been an explosion of interest in health care quality and cost-effectiveness, fueled by numerous trends and concerns. In response to research and information highlighting quality, improving quality of care has become a national objective for health systems. Hospitals are increasingly expected to introduce quality systems and strategies. Research continues to drive a growing body of evidence, and the ongoing development and implementation of a diverse range of strategies and tools.

As part of the quality process, it is necessary to identify alternatives and evaluate effects of these strategies and tools based on specific criteria –  with a focus on ease and cost of implementation, impact on health personnel, patient outcomes, and cost savings – using evidence and real world experience.

Many of the current initiatives typically involve the agreement of one or two key stakeholders but stop short of engaging the full spectrum of public and professional interests needed to leverage widespread systemic change. This highlights the need for effective communication strategies that can successfully reach a broader audience.

Goal

The goal of the Hospital Quality Foundation is to provide health professionals and other key stakeholders with the most current education and information on medical practice within complex health systems and its effect on quality of care.

With the assistance of its supporters, the HPC:

  • Documents and evaluates the wide variety of health care quality activities, technologies, and tools currently underway nationally and internationally;
  • Acts as a focal point for a cross section of stakeholders, establishing a repository of information on the latest developments and their implications for hospital quality;
  • Provides a communication and research vehicle for those interested in hospital quality in support of a more integrated vision and strategy to advance health care quality improvement.
  • Analyzes key findings in order to identify additional research needs and ideas for demonstration projects.

The HPC leverages multiple communication channels to disseminate information critical to the development of effective healthcare quality strategies. HPC educational programs are designed so physicians, and health care providers have information about the latest medical developments and works to balance the associated costs with their implications for patient management. The HPC also identifies and provides financial support for research and quality improvement initiatives that promote the goals of the HPC.

The HPC is founded on the premise that a wide cross section of medical and financial stakeholders will need to be actively engaged in the healthcare quality improvement process. In conjunction with its sponsors, emphasis will be placed on educating and engaging physicians and other key stakeholders in advancing a coordinated strategy for quality improvement and cost-effectiveness.

Leadership

The HPC is directed by a board of highly qualified individuals with experience and expertise in health care quality and hospital medicine. Educational and research grants are the primary source of funding for the HPC, with additional support generated through the educational activities of the HPC.

Foundation Board of Directors

George W. Christy, MD, FACC FSCAI
Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Illinois, Chicago
Advocate Christ Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute
Oak Lawn, IL

John Fanikos, RPh, MBA
Executive Director of Pharmacy Services
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Charles V. Pollack, Jr., MA, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, FESC, FCPP
Founding Board Member
Hospital Quality Foundation
Shrewsbury, NJ

Nancy Skinner, RN-BC, CCM
President and Principal Consultant
Riverside HealthCare Consulting
Whitwell, TN

Sandra Sieck, RN, MBA
President and Owner
Sieck HealthCare Consulting
Mobile, AL

David A. Talan, MD, FACEP, FIDSA

Professor of Medicine in Residence (Emeritus)
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chairman Emeritus, Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Faculty, Division of Infectious Diseases
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Randy Vogenberg, PhD, RPh
Principal
Institute for Integrated Healthcare
Greenville, SC
Senior Fellow, Jefferson School of Population Health
Philadelphia, PA

HPC and EPC

EPC can tap into the solutions offered by HPC, including cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art education.