Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

Table 2-1. Overview of Priority Areas for Improving Health Care Identified by Leading Organizations, Initiatives, and Reports

National Priorities Partnership (NPP, 2008) Institute for Health Care Improvement Triple Aim (IHI, 2009) HHS Strategic Plan—FY 2007�2011 (HHS, 2008) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Roadmap for Quality Measurement (CMS, 2008) HHS Meaningful Use Matrix (HHS, 2009b) The Commonwealth Fund (Commission on a High Performance Health System, 2008)
Increase patient and family engagement Improve patient experience of care (quality, access, and reliability)   Confident, informed consumers; transparency Patient engagement  
Improve population health (Reducing disease burden) Improve population health Public health promotion and protection (including promotion of preventive health care)   Improved population health Healthy lives; prevention and treatment
Improve safety and reliability of health system (Eliminating harm)   Improve safety of health care Safety, transparency Improved safety Safe and quality care
Guarantee compassionate care for persons with lifelimiting illnesses          
Ensure well coordinated care     Smooth transitions of care Coordination of care  
Eradicating disparities     Eliminating disparities (geography, race, income, language, diagnosis) Reduction of racial disparities Equity for all
  Improve patient experience of care (access) Improve quality, affordability and accessibility to health care     Access for all
Eliminating overuse and ensure appropriate care Reduce the per capita costs of health care   Efficiency; effectiveness; highvalue health care Increased efficiency Efficient care; avoidable hospital use and cost
      Effectiveness (ensuring care is evidence-based)    
        Ensure adequate privacy and security protections for personal health information System capacity


IOM State of USA Health Indicators (IOM, 2008) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality (RWJF, 2009a) Quality Alliance Steering Committee (QASC, 2009) IOM Priority Areas for National Action (IOM, 2003a) IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm (IOM, 2001a)
  Increasing consumer engagement Help consumers make informed choices Self-management/ health literacy Patient-centered health care
Improve population health outcomes and reduce risky behaviors     Immunization for children and adults; pregnancy and childbirth; tobacco dependence; obesity  
  Safer care   Medication management; nosocomial infections Safe health care
      End-of-life care; frailty with old age; pain control in advanced cancer  
  Well coordinated care   Care coordination  
  Addressing equity and recognizing that language matters Help reduce large racial and ethnic disparities in care   Equitable health care (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status)
  Access (insurance coverage)     Timely health care
Cost (per capita expenditures; preventable hospitalizations) More effective care Structure payment to improve quality and efficiency   Efficient health care
  Improving the "how to" of quality improvement; increasing public reporting Help providers improve quality of care    
Indicators for health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health systems     Priority conditions: asthma, cancer screening, diabetes, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, major depression, severe and persistent mental illness, stroke, children with special needs Priority conditions: cancer, diabetes, emphysema, high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma, gall bladder disease, stomach ulcers, back problems, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, depression and anxiety disorders


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