What is the National Quality Strategy?
The National Quality Strategy (NQS) is a nationwide effort to provide direction for improving the quality of health and healthcare in the United States. It is guided by three aims: better care, healthy people and communities, and affordable care.
NQF uses the NQS as a roadmap for much of its work, and has played an important role in shaping the NQS in several ways. For instance, NQF’s National Priorities Partnership (NPP), a partnership of 52 major national organizations with a shared vision to achieve better health, and a safe, equitable, and value-driven healthcare system, provided early input during the development of the NQS. NPP continues to provide direction on healthcare policy and helps organizations pursuing the NQS to achieve quality improvement by making connections and spreading innovative solutions.
In another collaboration, NPP works closely with HHS’ Partnership for Patients. It includes doctors, nurses, hospitals, employers, patients and their advocates, and representatives from the federal and State governments. The Partnership for Patients is focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. NPP works with the Partnership for Patients to hold meetings and webinars to identify opportunities for public-private sector collaboration and aligned action that advance the aims of the Partnership for Patients. These in turn align closely with the aims of the NQS.
The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), an NQF-convened group that reviews performance measures for potential use in federal public reporting and performance-based payment programs, is another group that uses the aims of the NQS in its decision-making process. The MAP reviews performance measures for potential use in federal public reporting and performance-based payment programs, and identifies areas where new measures are needed.