Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care payers, purchasers, providers, and consumers have shown an increased commitment to health and health care quality. The National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy) establishes a framework for coordinating and focusing the significant efforts of these diverse stakeholders to improve the quality of health and health care for all Americans. Implementation of the National Quality Strategy involves identifying and prioritizing quality improvement efforts, sharing lessons learned, and measuring the collective success of Federal, State, and private sector health care stakeholders across the country.
The initial National Quality Strategy, published in March 2011, established three aims and six priorities for quality improvement (see Figure 1). The National Quality Strategy’s first annual progress report to Congress, published in April 2012, elaborated on these six priorities and established long-term goals and national tracking measures to monitor quality improvement progress. The 2012 report also identified three strategic opportunities for improvement, which cut across all six priority areas. Read more