HHS releases national health care quality roadmap

The Department of Health and Human Services will work this year with the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and private sector stakeholders to develop a governance structure to improve and align federal health care quality programs while reducing administrative burden, according to a National Health Quality Roadmap released by HHS.

Required by an executive order last year, the roadmap outlines principles and specific actions to improve and align data collection, reporting and measures in federal quality programs.

Tom Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars Sinai; Jonathan Perlin, M.D., president of clinical services and chief medical officer for HCA Healthcare; and Mary Ann Fuchs, board president for AHA’s American Organization for Nursing Leadership, were among the stakeholders who provided input for the roadmap as part of a yearlong federal Quality Summit. Priselac and Perlin are past AHA board chairs.