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This toolkit can be used by organizations to showcase their alignment and support of the National Quality Strategy.
This Stakeholder Toolkit can be used by private and public organizations to advance the mission of the National Quality Strategy (NQS). This toolkit contains a variety of approved materials for organizations to use and tailor to their specific needs.
The toolkit contents will be updated on a periodic basis and posted to http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality.
Questions? Contact us at NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov.
National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Levers Fact Sheet
2014 Annual Progress Report Announcement
Priorities in Action
National Quality Strategy Logo, Priority Icons, and Lever Icons (email NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov to be sent these graphics)
Graphics for Use on Your Organization's Web Site (e-mail NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov to be sent these graphics)
Blog Entry #1—The National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care Provides a Fresh Take on Health Care Triple Aims
Blog Entry #2—Five Facts about the National Quality Strategy and What It Is Doing to Help Provide High-Quality Care for All Americans
Blog Entry #3 - Using Levers to Align to the National Quality Strategy
Social Media Announcements
|The National Quality Strategy (NQS) created a fact sheet that lists the three aims, six priorities, and ongoing implementation activities of the Strategy. The 508-compliant PDF of the fact sheet can be downloaded here (www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/nqs/nqsfactsheet.pdf, 344 KB; Plugin Help) and posted to Web sites or printed and distributed at in-person events.|
|This National Quality Strategy fact sheet outlines nine National Quality Strategy levers that represent core business functions, resources, and/or actions that stakeholders can use to align to the Strategy.
The 508-compliant PDF of the fact sheet can be downloaded here (http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/nqsleverfactsheet.pdf) and posted to Web sites or printed and distributed at in-person events.
The National Quality Strategy Annual Progress Report to Congress provides details on implementation activities by the private and public sectors, efforts to align quality measures, and successes in the six priority areas, including patient safety, community health, and affordability.
Use the announcement copy and graphic to promote the availability of the report in email listserv messages, Web sites, social media, or other communications channels that reach stakeholders.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2014 Annual Progress Report on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The National Quality Strategy is an initiative led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on behalf of HHS. The reportprovides details on implementation activities by the private and public sectors, efforts to align quality measures, and successes in the six priority areas, including patient safety, community health, and affordability.
Since the Strategy was first released in 2011, the private and public sectors have continued to implement activities that improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health, as directed by the Affordable Care Act.
To review the annual progress report and other materials, visit http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/annual-reports/nqs2014annlrpt.pdf (608 KB; PDF Help).
Link to the National Quality Strategy's Priorities in Action, (http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities.htm) which feature promising and transformative quality improvement programs, and describes their alignment to the NQS' six priorities. Updated monthly, these programs represent private sector, Federal, State, and local efforts.
|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.
You can find the Priorities in Action on the Working for Quality site by visiting: http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities.htm.
Pair the National Quality Strategy logo and related artwork, including the six priority icons, with a link to the Working for Quality Web site (www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality) on your Web site or other marketing materials. Let us know when and how your organization uses NQS graphics by dropping us a note at NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov.
Callout Box Example
Causes of Mortality
|Measurement and Feedback
Provide performance feedback to plans and providers to improve care.
Compare treatment results, costs, and patient experience for consumers.
|Learning and Technical Assistance
Foster learning environments that offer training, resources, tools, and guidance to help organizations achieve quality improvement goals.
|Certification, Accreditation, and Regulation
Adopt or adhere to approaches to meet safety and quality standards.
|Consumer Incentives and Benefit Designs
Help consumers adopt healthy behaviors and make informed decisions.
Reward and incentivize providers to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care.
|Health Information Technology
Improve communication, transparency, and efficiency for better coordinated health and health care.
|Innovation and Diffusion
Foster innovation in health care quality improvement, and facilitate rapid adoption within and across organizations and communities.
Investing in people to prepare the next generation of health care professionals and support lifelong learning for providers.
Improving health and health care quality can occur only if all sectors, individuals, family members, payers, providers, employers, and communities, make it their mission. Members of the health care community can align to the National Quality Strategy by doing the following:
Does your organization publish a newsletter or feature content on your site? Use these story ideas to design a newsletter story for internal or external use or Web site content highlighting what your organization is doing to align to the NQS.
Does your organization's Web site have a column for publications and news? Post this content to your site, tag it with the designated keywords, and promote the content through social media channels, if available. Use keywords on social media and other Internet platforms to engage your stakeholders and share what your organization is doing to align with the NQS.
The National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, commonly referred to as the National Quality Strategy or NQS, was called for under the Affordable Care Act. The fundamental objective of the NQS, which was initially published in March 2011 and is updated annually, is to promote quality health care and improved health for patients, families, and communities.
The National Quality Strategy is to concurrently pursue three broad aims. These aims can be used to guide:
To advance the aims, the NQS focuses on six priorities that have great potential for rapidly improving health outcomes and increasing the effectiveness of care for all populations. These priorities encompass the range of quality concerns that affect most Americans. The six priorities are:
More information on the National Quality Strategy is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality.
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The National Quality Strategy (NQS) is the first national effort to align public and private interests to achieve better health and health care for all Americans. The NQS, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in coordination with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was first published in 2011.
Specifically, the National Quality Strategy:
More information on the National Quality Strategy, including the 2014 Annual Progress Report, is available at www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality.
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Stakeholders can align to the National Quality Strategy by adopting one or more of the three aims and/or six priorities. Stakeholders can now align to the Strategy in a new way, using one or more of the nine "levers" described below. Each lever represents a core business function, resource, and/or action that stakeholders can use to align to the Strategy. Each lever includes one example for adoption, but every lever can be applied to a variety of organizations in a number of settings. Tailor the levers to meet your organization's messaging and goals for NQS alignment and health care quality improvement.
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Does your organization use Facebook or Twitter to connect with stakeholders? The following messages with shortened URLs that link to National Quality Strategy content serve as easy-to-use content on your social media properties.
Post a picture of a NQS priority or lever icon that your organization uses:
Include a caption to explain how your organization uses priorities and/or levers to improve health care quality. Share the story of how priorities and/or levers guided your organization on the path to NQS alignment.
Tag your NQS tweets by using the designated NQS hashtag: #qualitystrategy
Publication No. OM 15-0012-EF
Revised July 2015