Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement

In today’s rapidly shifting health care landscape where declining reimbursements and changing payment policies are set to be the new norm, how do you ensure your health care organization delivers quality care at a more affordable cost?

As health care executives increasingly recognize that their organization’s success relies on the performance and effectiveness of the supply chain, how will you manage their expectations?

Join the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement and add your voice to a thriving and ever-growing health care community dedicated to sharing and learning from each other in order to advance the supply chain strategy.

The AHRMM CQO Movement frames the critical role supply chain professionals play in driving high quality care, at a more affordable cost, to deliver greater value to patients.

CQO: The Definition

The CQO Movement looks at the intersection of, and the relationship between:

Cost: all costs associated with caring for individuals and communities

Quality: care aimed at achieving the best possible health

Outcomes: financial results driven by exceptional patient outcomes

It is important that these relationships be considered together rather than in silos.

Explore educational opportunities and discover a wealth of materials developed specifically for health care supply chain professionals to help them effectively manage the quality and affordability of care.

Be a part of the Movement and take the lead in revamping supply chain strategy by broadening its focus beyond cost, to include the correlation with quality and outcomes.

Leading Practices

Tap into an online repository of evidence-based, replicable supply chain best practices and tools to eliminate:

• Catheter Acquired Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
• Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU)
• Hospital Acquired Nosocomial Pressure Ulcers (NPU)
• Costs Related to Blood Products and Services

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Case Studies

AHRMM has worked with health care supply chain teams across the nation to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the tenets of the CQO Movement. Read the case studies to learn how other supply chain professionals work at the intersection of CQO to reduce costs while improving patient care and driving greater financial outcomes for their organizations.

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What is CQO?

AHRMM launched the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement in January 2013 to guide the health care supply chain professionals through sweeping changes in the health care landscape brought by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more »



Got a question about CQO? Check out the CQO Movement Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Movement, from how it's been developed to what it means for the future of health care supply chain. Read the CQO FAQs »


Call for Leading Practice Submissions

If you have been successful in implementing any of the below strategies, we want to hear about them and share them with others across the health care field:

CQO initiatives within the non-acute care setting

Organizational efforts to decrease 30-day readmission rates for a specific population type

Examples of risk-sharing contracts with suppliers

Internal and external collaborative activities associated with Alternative Payment Models

Success in the reduction of health care-acquired conditions in the areas of falls and surgical site infections

Programs highlighting supply chain’s role in Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).

Supply chain’s collaborative role and the sharing of information with pharmacy and therapeutics leaders in addressing the Opioid crisis.

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