March 28, 2011
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The Strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, State, and national efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States. The National Quality Strategy will promote quality health care that is focused on the needs of patients, families, and communities. At the same time, the Strategy is designed to move the system to work better for doctors and other health care providers – reducing their administrative burdens and helping them collaborate to improve care.
The National Quality Strategy is designed to be an evolving guide for the Nation as it moves forward with efforts to measure and improve health and health care quality.
To view the report: http://www.healthcare.gov/center/reports/quality03212011a.html
Supporting materials are available on the AHRQ website: http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/nqs/