National Quality Strategy Reports
- 2011 National Quality Strategy Report - The initial National Quality Strategy, published in March 2011, established three aims and six priorities for quality improvement.
- 2012 National Quality Strategy Report - 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.
- 2013 National Quality Strategy Report - Published in 2013, this second annual report provided updates on public and private payers' collaborative efforts to align quality measures, progress against national tracking measures (where possible) and establishment of aspirational targets (as needed), private-sector successes in each of the six priority areas, and progress on each of the three strategic opportunities.
- 2014 National Quality Strategy Report - Published in 2014, the third annual report highlights the selected communities, health systems, and organizations that show improvement in each NQS priority area through the Priorities in Action Series, illustrating how their successes demonstrate the potential impact of National Quality Strategy implementation. The report also provides an update on the progress on Federal and State Quality Improvement Efforts and as well an update on measurement.
- 2015 National Quality Strategy Report - Published in 2016, this year’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and National Quality Strategy Update is a joint effort addressing the progress made against the National Quality Strategy (NQS) priorities at the 5-year anniversary of the Strategy. The NQS is backed by the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report data. Integration of these two efforts within AHRQ supports the development of this more comprehensive report on the success of efforts to achieve better health and health care and reduce disparities.
The section on Related Reports links to reports from IOM, AHRQ, CDC, and the National Academy for State Health Policy that relate to access disparities, and other issues germane to the NHQDR.
- Hanlon C, Rosenthal J, Hinkle L. State Documentation of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities to Inform Strategic Action . January 2011. National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Report identifies leading States in the use of patient racial/ethnicity data to produce disparities documents that are data driven, address health care disparities, and guide State action.
- National Center for Health Statistics.Health, United States, 2019. Hyattsville, MD. 2021. Health, United States, 2019 is the 43rd report on the health status of the country and submitted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of the United States in compliance with Section 308 of the Public Health Service Act. The Health, United States series presents an annual overview of national trends in health indicators.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013. MMWR 2013;62(Suppl 3):[1-186].
The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2013, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the second consolidated assessment that highlights health disparities and inequalities across a wide range of diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access by many demographic variables. It provides new data for 19 of the topics published in 2011 and presents 10 new topics. The report provides analysis and reporting of recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and inequalities for selected social and health indicators.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Enhancing the Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults: Closing the Gap .
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AARP, American Medical Association. Promoting Preventive Services for Adults 50-64: Community and Clinical Partnerships. November 2009. Atlanta, GA: CDC. Report identifies a set of recommended preventive services, provides indicators and data at national, State, and selected local levels with which to monitor progress, and promotes successful strategies to facilitate adoption and use.
- Chevarley FM. Patient-Provider Communication by Race/Ethnicity and Disability Status: United States, 2007. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Statistical Brief #312. February 9, 2011. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
- Institute of Medicine (IOM). Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement . August 31, 2009.
- Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Health Care Coverage Analyses of the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports: 2000-2008 Trends. March 2014