The National Quality Strategy: Guiding Efforts To Improve Health Care Quality

The National Quality Strategy: Guiding Efforts To Improve Health Care Quality Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The National Quality Strategy, or NQS, was first published in March 2011 and is led by AHRQ on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and approach to measuring quality. The NQS pursues three aims, supported by six priorities that address the range of quality concerns that affect most Americans.

For the first time, this year’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and National Quality Strategy Update is a joint effort addressing the progress made against the NQS priorities at the 5-year anniversary of the Strategy. Integration of these two efforts within AHRQ supports the development of this more comprehensive report on the success of efforts to achieve better health and health care and reduce disparities.

This special issue features a selection of content aligned with the six NQS priorities, including profiles of innovative programs recognized in AHRQ’s Priorities in Action listing.

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