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The National Quality Strategy is a national effort to align public- and private-sector stakeholders to achieve better health and health care for all Americans.
Improving health and health care quality can occur only if all sectors of the health care community make it a priority. Knowing this, the NQS seeks to unite providers; payers; academic institutions; nonprofit organizations; local, State, and Federal governments; and others in committing to this shared strategy.
The NQS concurrently pursues three aims to provide better, more affordable care for the individual and the community:
To advance these aims, the NQS focuses on six priorities for health and health care quality that have an impact on most Americans:
|Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.|
|Ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care.|
Promoting effective communication and coordination of care.
Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease.
Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
Making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.
The NQS is a national, not a Federal, initiative. However, HHS and other Federal agencies play a key role in implementing the National Quality Strategy.
The Affordable Care Act requires HHS agencies to develop Agency-Specific Plans to achieve the NQS priorities; establish annual benchmarks for success; and regularly report on progress against these benchmarks. The Agency-Specific Plans, available at http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports.htm, demonstrate how the agencies from across HHS are helping to implement the NQS through programs, initiatives, and grants.
The Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality, also established by the Affordable Care Act, intends to foster collaboration, cooperation, and consultation on quality-related efforts between Federal departments and agencies, and with the private sector. This group meets once a year to discuss ongoing initiatives and best practices to prevent inefficient duplication of quality efforts and resources. Senior-level representatives from 24 Federal agencies with quality-related missions and programs make up the Interagency Working Group.
The NQS works directly with the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public service organization that reviews, endorses, and recommends use of standardized health care performance measures, through two formal partnerships: the National Priorities Partnership and the Measures Application Partnership.
The NQS supports the sharing of best practices in health and health care quality improvement at the national, State, and local level, and will provide opportunities for the entire Nation to benefit from suc collaboration. Learn more by visiting www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality and downloading the Stakeholder Toolkit, or tell us about your efforts by submitting comments to NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov.
AHRQ Publication No. 14-M006-EF
(Replaces OM 13-0070-EF)
Current as of February 2014