Leading up to and since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a significant number of health care quality improvement (QI) initiatives at national, state and private sector levels. Below are a few of the most recent initiatives.
CDC is partnering with health care purchasers, payers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs. The 6|18 Initiative targets six common and costly health conditions – including high blood pressure - with proven specific interventions to inform partner’s decisions for the greatest health and cost impact.
For more information, visit: The 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action
For the evidence document describing three proven specific interventions for high blood pressure, visit: Control High Blood Pressure: Evidence Summary
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) with CMS supports the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models. Find "Where Innovation is Happening" near you.
Health Center Controlled Networks are groups of safety net providers (a minimum of three collaborators/members) working together to improve access to care, enhance quality of care and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices to integrate services, optimize patient outcomes, or negotiate managed care contracts on behalf of the participating members. Supported through the Health Center Controlled Network grant program, the networks work collaboratively to
Within the networks, individual health centers work together to share resources, leverage buying power (e.g. discounted software), enhance access to information and promote guidelines on best practices, as well as provide support for achieving quality of care and operational goals. Networks support member health centers in their shared mission to provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.
For more information and resources visit http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/networkguide
Million Hearts® is a public-private initiative led by CDC and CMS to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years by focusing the nation on evidence-based community and clinical prevention actions.
Million Hearts® priorities include:
For more resources and information visit: Million Hearts®
The Model for Improvement is a framework used by many to guide improvement work. The Model for Improvement, developed by Associates in Process Improvement, is a simple, yet powerful tool for accelerating improvement. The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is shorthand for testing a change - by planning it, trying it, observing the results, and acting on what is learned.
To learn more about MFI & PDSA visit: Institute for Healthcare Improvement