Slide 18

National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care

Text version of slide presentation from a National Advisory Council meeting.

The HHS Quality Work Group (QWG) facilitated the development of the National Quality Strategy (NQS) and will continue to play a key role during implementation


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  • Background: Convened by the HHS [Department of Health & Human Services] Secretary, the Quality Work Group (QWG) will support the implementation of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the various HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs).
  • Structure: The Work Group will be chaired by the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Special Advisor to OHR [Office of Human Resources]. The Work Group will include senior-level representatives from 22 HHS agencies and OpDivs.
  • Meetings: The Work Group shall meet at least quarterly and may convene more frequently on an as-needed basis at discretion of the Chairs. Work Group members may be designated to ad-hoc Subgroups, based on expertise, function, or other criteria, on an as-needed basis.


  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Lead)
  • Office of Health Reform (Co-lead)
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislation
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
  • Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Executive Secretariat
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Indian Health Service
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Office for Civil Rights
  • Office of Public Health and Science
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Office of the Secretary
  • Office on Disability
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

*Representatives to the Work Group will be designated by each of the above Assistant Secretaries and agency heads.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Slide 18. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.