Dr. Anna Fisher Chosen to Represent AHCA on National Quality Forum

Dr. Anna Fisher, a local dementia expert and Director of Education at Hillcrest Health Services, was chosen as the sole representative for the American Health Care Association on the Action Team of the National Quality Forum (NQF) in their development of an issue brief entitled Strategies for Change – A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care. The NQP Action Team consists of an elite group of members across the United States working together to transform advanced illness care.

“It’s a pleasure to have been invited to serve at the national level,” Dr. Fisher said. “This brief contains vital information for healthcare leadership.”

Nine million Americans will be more than 85 years old by 2030, and many will suffer from substantial disability and chronic conditions. Advanced illness care ensures that all individuals, regardless of age and demographics, receive coordinated care that addresses their specific and highly personal needs, preferences, values, and goals.

National Quality Partners’ (NQP) new issue brief, Strategies for Change – A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care, highlights six key preferences of person-centered care, provides snapshots of organizations that have embraced one or more of these key areas, and pinpoints opportunities to use measurement to transform advanced illness care. Developed by NQP’s Advanced Illness Care Action Team, which the American Health Care Association (AHCA) participated on, the issue brief aims to empower individuals with advanced illness, their family members, and caregivers to lead decisions about their care and to help physicians and other healthcare providers better navigate end-of-life conversations with their patients.

A certified dementia practitioner, Dr. Fisher is the president of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives, and is a subject matter expert in quality and nursing services education. An adjunct professor at Bellevue University, Dr. Fisher teaches in the Masters Health Administration program and was awarded the prestigious Maenner Award for Professorship in 2012. She is also co-producer of the award winning NET Television series “Now What?” focusing on elder care and dementia. Dr. Fisher holds an undergraduate degree in human resources, a graduate degree in business management, and a doctorate in health administration.