2015 National Quality Strategy Annual Progress Report

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2015 National Quality Strategy Annual Progress Report

Description

The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (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 approaches to measuring quality. The NQS establishes three aims, six priorities, and nine levers for quality improvement that are used by public and private organizations to chart a course for improved health and health care. 

Highlights from this year’s progress report include:

  • National NQS progress backed by data: The 2015 Annual Progress Report demonstrates progress in health care process, outcome, and access measures that track improvements related to the six NQS priorities. Measures highlighted in the report are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, an AHRQ publication that documents findings on health care quality, access, and disparities.
  • Diverse programs aligned with the NQS: The growing list of organizations aligned with the NQS includes public- and private-sector organizations at the national, State, and local levels.
  • Delivery system reform: Making quality care affordable for individuals, communities, and governments is a key component of the NQS, and implementing payment models that incentivize providers to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care is one of the nine NQS levers.

Developer:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Sources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

History

Release Date: 2015
Date Verified: 12/07/15
Original Summary: December 2015

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