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National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care

National Quality Strategy Stakeholder Tool Kit


A communications resource for stakeholders to promote the National Quality Strategy online and in person.


Contents

Introduction
National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet
2013 Annual Progress Report Announcement and Graphic
Priorities in Action
National Quality Strategy Logo and Priority Icons
Briefing Slides (PowerPoint file, 2 MB; Plugin Help: Accessible version - opens in new tab/window)
Blog Entry #1
Blog Entry #2
Social Media Announcements for Use by Stakeholders


Introduction

THE NATIONAL QUALITY STRATEGY (NQS) created this Stakeholder Toolkit to support the activities of private and public organizations to advance the mission of the NQS. This toolkit contains a fact sheet that can be printed and distributed, blogs and social media announcements for online use, briefing slides for presentations, and other resources.

The information can be tailored to suit your organization's messaging about its involvement in the NQS and should be considered as approved information to share. 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

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, 350 KB; Plugin Help) and posted to Web sites or printed and distributed at in-person events.


2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress

The National Quality Strategy is updated annually. Released in July, the 2013 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.

Instructions for UseNow Available: 2013 Update to the National Quality Strategy. 2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress.

Use the announcement copy and graphic to promote the availability of the report in email listserv messages, Web sites, or other communications channels that reach stakeholders.

Announcement Copy

In July, the Department of Health and Human Services released the 2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy). The report 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.

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.

This year's report highlights:

  • Effective performance measurement, including efforts to identify and adopt unified measures that meet the reporting requirements of programs across the Federal government, the private sector, States, and even individual health systems and providers. These alignment efforts include the work of the Measures Application Partnership, composed of over 60 public- and private-sector organizations, and the Buying Value initiative, a group of 19 private health care purchasers and purchasers' representatives.
  • Quality improvement in the six priority areas that include patient safety, community health, and affordability. While 2012 focused mainly on HHS-led initiatives, this year's report describes public and private sector efforts such as the Irving, Texas-based VHA cooperative of non-profit hospitals that reduced all-payer, all-cause readmissions by 17.6% in just 12 months across 192 hospitals.
  • Progress against the three strategic opportunities, first identified in the 2012 update, including the development of organizational infrastructure at the community level. The 62 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers' work with more than 31,000 medical practices and 140,000 providers—nearly 45 percent of the Nation's primary care providers—to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records to improve patient health and care delivery.

To review the annual progress report and other materials, visit:
www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/nqs/nqs2013annlrpt.pdf (PDF, 1.5 MB; Plugin Help)


Priorities in Action

Instructions for Use

Consider linking to the National Quality Strategy’s Priorities in Action, 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.

You can find the Priorities in Action on the Working for Quality site by visiting http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities.htm.

Checklist icon Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care. Heart icon

Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease.

Nurse with patient icon Ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care. Running woman icon

Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.

Recirculating arrows icon Promoting effective communication and coordination of care Dollar sign icon

Making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.


National Quality Strategy Logo and Priority Icons

Pair the National Quality Strategy logo and related artwork, including National Quality Strategy Logo 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.

Send a request for the high-resolution versions of the logo and/or priority icons to NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov

Checklist icon Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.
Nurse with patient icon >Ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care.
Recirculating arrows icon Promoting effective communication and coordination of care
Heart icon

Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease.

Running woman icon

Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.

Dollar sign icon

Making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.


Blog Entry #1blog thumbnail

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Does your organization's Web site have another column feature? Consider posting this content to your site. Tag the content with the designated key words, and promote the content through social media properties, if available.

The National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care Provides a Fresh Take on Health Care Triple Aims

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 updated in July 2013, is to promote quality health care and improved health for patients, families, and communities.

At its core, the National Quality Strategy is to concurrently pursue three broad aims. These aims can be used to guide:

  • Better Care: Improve the overall quality of care by making health care more patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
  • Healthy People/Healthy Communities: Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of health in addition to delivering higher quality care.
  • Affordable Care: Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and government.

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. The six priorities are:

  • Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.
  • Ensuring that each person and family is engaged as a partner 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.

More information on the National Quality Strategy is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality.

Tags: quality, quality improvement, national quality strategy, HHS, triple aims, better care, affordable care, healthy communities

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Blog Entry #2blog thumbnail

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

Does your organization's Web site have another column feature? Consider posting this content to your site. Tag the content with the designated key words, and promote the content through social media properties, if available.

Five Facts about the National Quality Strategy and What It Is Doing to Help Provide High-QualityCare for All Americans

The National Quality Strategy (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. The NQS is a national effort to align public and private interests to achieve better health and health care for all Americans.

Specifically, the National Quality Strategy:

  1. Provides a framework to guide local, State, and national efforts to measure and improve health and health care quality.
  2. Promotes quality health care that is focused on the needs of patients, families, and communities.
  3. Moves the health care system to work better for doctors and other health care providers by reducing their administrative burdens and helping them collaborate to improve care.
  4. Offers results of the latest evidence-based implementation efforts drawn from Federal and State agencies, local communities, providers, patients, businesses, employers, and payers.
  5. Serves as an evolving guide for health care quality improvement, which is critical given the changing face of the health care landscape.

More information on the National Quality Strategy is available at www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality, including the 2013 Progress Report.

Tags: quality, quality improvement, national quality strategy, HHS

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Social Media Announcements for Use by Stakeholders

INSTRUCTIONS TO USERS

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.

  1. Check out the National Quality Strategy's Annual Progress Report released earlier this year: http://1.usa.gov/18vU585
  2. The National Quality Strategy is a nationwide effort to improve health care. Learn about the Strategy's three aims and six priorities at: http://1.usa.gov/QtRvvb
  3. The National Priority Partnership's 52 member organizations play a role in advancing the National Quality Strategy: http://goo.gl/vyg9O Exit Disclaimer

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Publication Number: OM 13-0072-EF September 2013


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