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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.
The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011, and is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and a national approach to measuring quality.
Improving health and health care quality can only occur 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:
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 such collaboration. Share your programs with us by visiting www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/ or submitting comments to NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov.
The NQS's relationship with the National Priorities Partnership (NPP) and the Measures Application Partnership, both convened by the National Quality Forum, advances efforts to help achieve better health and health care for all Americans.
In 2012, the NQS will continue to collaborate, coordinate, and consult with the NPP on efforts related to the private sector and State, regional, and local communities.
The NQS will also focus on:
Collaboration between the NQS and NPP continues on a consistent basis through regular meetings and participation in decisionmaking processes.
AHRQ Publication No. OM 12-0064-EF
Current as of May 2012