National Quality Strategy Resources

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About


The National Quality Strategy was developed through a transparent and collaborative process with input from a range of stakeholders. More than 300 groups, organizations, and individuals, representing all sectors of the health care industry and the general public, provided comments. Based on this input, the National Quality Strategy established a set of three overarching aims that builds on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim®, supported by six priorities that address the most common health concerns that Americans face. To align with National Quality Strategy, stakeholders can use nine levers to align their core business or organizational functions to drive improvement on the aims and priorities.

Original Strategy

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2011 Annual Progress Report-Original National Quality Strategy
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2011 Annual Progress Report-Original National Quality Strategy (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs2011annlrpt.pdf
2011 Annual Progress Report-Original National Quality Strategy (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/2011-annual-report.html
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Quality Improvement Fact Sheets and Shareable Tools

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Learn more about the first-ever national strategy for health and health care quality improvement with these fact sheets and shareable tools.
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Briefing Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/NQS_overview_slides-2017.pdf
Briefing Slides (PPT) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/NQS_BriefingSlides_1-27-17.pptx
Alignment Toolkit: An Introduction to the NQS https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs/toolkits/nqs-intro.pdf
Alignment Toolkit: Readiness Resources https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs/toolkits/nqs-readiness-resources.pdf
Alignment Toolkit: Quality Strategy Template https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs/toolkits/nqs-quality-strategy-template.pdf
NQS Fact Sheet https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqsfactsheet.pdf
Levers Fact Sheet https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqsleverfactsheet.pdf
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Reports


Reporting on National Quality Strategy progress occurs in multiple ways. Priorities in Focus pair Quality and Disparities Report data with each of the six National Quality Strategy priorities to offer a "snapshot in time" look at progress. Reports to Congress offer updates on national, state, and local efforts to improve the nation's health and health care quality.

Reports to Congress

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The following reports to Congress offer updates on national, state, and local efforts to improve health and health care quality and efforts to achieve better, more affordable care for individuals and the community.
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2015 QDR and 5th Anniversary NQS Update https://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqdr15/index.html
2015 Annual Progress Report (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs2015annlrpt.pdf
2015 Annual Progress Report (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/2015-annual-report.html
2014 Annual Progress Report (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs2014annlrpt.pdf
2014 Annual Progress Report (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/2014-annual-report.html
2013 Annual Progress Report (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs2013annlrpt.pdf
2013 Annual Progress Report (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/2013-annual-report.html
2012 Annual Progress Report (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs2012annlrpt.pdf
2012 Annual Progress Report (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/2012-annual-report.html
2011 Annual Progress Report-Original National Quality Strategy (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs2011annlrpt.pdf
2011 Annual Progress Report-Original National Quality Strategy (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/2011-annual-report.html
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Priorities in Action

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Priorities in Action feature some of our nation's most promising and transformative quality improvement programs. Inclusion in the Priorities in Action program listing does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Priorities in Action: SPS Network https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/sps-network.html
Priorities in Action: Hep B Free https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/sanfrancisco-hepbfree.html
Priorities in Action: VA Homelessness https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/va-homelessness.html
Priorities in Action: SisterLove https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/sisterlove.html
Priorities in Action: Better Health Partnership https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/better-health-partnership.html
Priorities in Action: Grace Team Care https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/grace-team-care.html
Priorities in Action: Lourie Center https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/lourie-center-for-childrens-social-and-emotional-wellness.html
Priorities in Action: Wind River https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/wind-river-reservation.html
Priorities in Action: Boston Children's Hospital https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/boston-childrens-hospital-community-asthma-initiative.html
Priorities in Action: BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/bcbsma-alternative-quality-contract.html
Priorities in Action: Patients Like Me https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/patientslikeme.html
Priorities in Action: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/childrens-hospital-of-pittsburgh-of-upmc.html
Priorities in Action: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/colorado-coalition-for-the-homeless.html
Priorities in Action: Building a Healthier Chicago https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/building-a-healthier-chicago.html
Priorities in Action: Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/ct-association-of-school-based-health-centers.html
Priorities in Action: Minnesota SHIP https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/minnesota-statewide-health-improvement-program.html
Priorities in Action: California Quality Collaborative https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/california-quality-collaborative.html
Priorities in Action: Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/wisconsin-collaborative-for-healthcare-quality.html
Priorities in Action: Camden Coalition https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/camden-coalition-of-healthcare-providers.html
Priorities in Action: Colorado Beacon https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/colorado-beacon-consortium.html
Priorities in Action: Healthy Hawaii https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/healthy-hawaii-initiative.html
Priorities in Action: Michigan Keystone Center https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/michigan-health-and-hospital-association-keystone-center.html
Priorities in Action: NY Diabetes Campaign https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/new-york-state-health-foundations-diabetes-campaign.html
Priorities in Action: Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/patient-safety-and-clinical-pharmacy-services-collaborative.html
Priorities in Action: AHRQ Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/ahrq-patient-centered-medical-home-resource-center.html
Priorities in Action: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/healthy-kids-healthy-communities.html
Priorities in Action: HRSA Flex Medicare Beneficiary Program https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/priorities-in-action/hrsa-flex-medicare-beneficiary-quality-improvement-program.html
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Priorities in Focus

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The Priorities in Focus series spotlights current issues, recent federal initiatives to improve care quality, and data demonstrating improvement in each of the six health care quality priority areas featured in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report Chartbooks.
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Priorities in Focus: Person- and Family-Centered Care (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs-priority-focus-person-family-centeredcare.pdf
Priorities in Focus: Person- and Family-Centered Care (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/priorities-in-focus/priorities-in-focus-person-family-centeredcare.html
Priorities in Focus: Effective Treatment (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs-priority-focus-effectiveness.pdf
Priorities in Focus: Effective Treatment (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/priorities-in-focus/priorities-in-focus-effectivetreatment.html
Priorities in Focus: Care Affordability (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs-priority-focus-careaffordability.pdf
Priorities in Focus: Care Affordability (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/priorities-in-focus/care-affordability.html
Priorities in Focus: Care Coordination (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs-priority-focus-carecoordination.pdf
Priorities in Focus: Care Coordination (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/priorities-in-focus/care-coordination.html
Priorities in Focus: Patient Safety (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs-priority-focus-patient-safety.pdf
Priorities in Focus: Patient Safety (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/priorities-in-focus/patient-safety.html
Priorities in Focus: Healthy Living (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/nqs-priority-focus-healthy-living.pdf
Priorities in Focus: Healthy Living (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/reports/priorities-in-focus/healthy-living.html
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Quality Improvement Webinar Resources


The following webinars cover a range of programs, initiatives and topics related to health care quality and disparities. Presentations and discussions revolved around national efforts towards better, more affordable health care and how organizations can help improve the nation's health by aligning to national health and health care quality efforts.

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Webinar Slides and Transcripts
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Federal Agency Alignment to the Six Priorities: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-federal-agency-alignment-to-the-six-priorities.html
Federal Agency Alignment to the Six Priorities: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar072116.pdf
5 Years of the National Quality Strategy: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-better-care-healthier-communities.html
5 Years of the National Quality Strategy: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar051716.pdf
Best Practices to Improve Community Health: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-best-practices-to-improve-community-health.html
Best Practices to Improve Community Health: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar080615.pdf
The 2014 QDR and the NQS: Working Together to Improve Health Care: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-2014-qdr-working-together-to-improve-health-care.html
The 2014 QDR and the NQS: Working Together to Improve Health Care: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar051115.pdf
Using Payment to Improve Health and Health Care Quality: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-using-payment-to-improve-health-and-health-care-quality.html
Using Payment to Improve Health and Health Care Quality: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar6.pdf
Using Quality Measurement for Improvement: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-using-measurement-for-quality-improvement.html
Using Quality Measurement for Improvement: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar5.pdf
Introducing Nine Levers to Support the Aims and Priorities: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-introducing-nine-levers-to-support-the-aims-and-priorities.html
Introducing Nine Levers to Support the Aims and Priorities: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar3.pdf
2013 Annual Progress Report Update: Transcript and Slides (HTML) https://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/events/webinar-2013-annual-progress-report-update.html
2013 Annual Progress Report Update: Slides (PDF) https://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/workingforquality/reports/webinar2.pdf
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