National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care roadmap released

The Department of Health and Human Services has released its roadmap for National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care as part of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 24, 2010. 

According to the Report to Congress, the National Strategy will address three broad aims: 

  • Improve the overall quality, by making health care more patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
  • Healthy People/Healthy Communities: Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social and, environmental determinants of health in addition to delivering higher-quality care.
  • Affordable Care: Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and government.

Specific priorities of the plan include:

  • Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.
  • Ensuring that each person and family are engaged as partners in their care.
  • Promoting effective communication and coordination of care.
  • Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease.
  • Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
  • Making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.

(Sources: Patient Safety Monitor Alert, http://www.hcpro.com, March 23, 2010; Report to Congress, National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care,  http://www.healthcare.gov, March, 2011)