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HHS 2013 National Quality Strategy Report to Congress

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its second annual update on the National Quality Strategy for Improvement in Health Care, which set priorities and outlined a strategic plan to help guide local, state, and national health care quality improvement efforts.

Initially published in 2011, the strategy outlined three broad aims and six priorities. The National Quality Strategy’s first annual report, published in 2012, expanded on those priorities, established long-term goals and measures to track progress, and identified three strategic opportunities for improvement.

The second annual report offers updates on public and private payer efforts to align quality measures and progress on national tracking measures. In addition, it outlines successes in the strategy’s six priority areas and progress in the three strategic opportunities identified in 2011.

Resources

AHRQ Working for Quality

Access additional tools and resources about the National Quality Strategy from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

National Quality Strategy (NQS) Stakeholder Toolkit

This toolkit includes fact sheets, blogs, social media announcements, and slide decks that can be used to support NQS-related activities at public and private organizations.

Principles for the National Quality Strategy (NQS)

The NQS is anchored in a core set of 10 principles that provide a roadmap for achieving the strategy’s three aims of better care, healthy people/healthy communities, and affordable care.

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