The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the National Health Quality Roadmap, a plan to align and improve quality measurement and data collection across its programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and the military and Veterans Affairs health systems. According to HHS, the “Roadmap identifies specific actions to drive change through governance and oversight, data collection and reporting, and aligned measures in federal quality programs.”
Three specific opportunities for change detailed in the Roadmap include:
- Establishing coordinated governance and oversight in the federal quality measurement enterprise;
- Modernizing the approach to data collection, reporting, and sharing; and
- Reforming how measures are used in federal quality programs.
“The National Health Quality Roadmap highlights not only many of the challenges that have been faced by health care stakeholders across the quality environment, but also a plan for addressing them,” Discern Health Vice President Donna Dugan said. “It will be important for stakeholders across the continuum to participate where possible in order to facilitate this transformation and aid in the realization of quality goals.”
When implemented, the Roadmap should advance the goals of improving transparency, reducing provider burden, allowing informed consumer decision-making, and ultimately improving the health of all Americans.
Download the full Roadmap here.