Part of the Affordable Care Act was to establish a National Quality Strategy (NQS) to align quality measures and quality improvement activities across America. The NQS is based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim, a framework that describes an approach to optimizing health system performance.
Connections health centers can align to the NQS and Triple Aim using one or more of the nine NQS levers to identify core business functions, resources, and/or actions that may serve as means for achieving improved health and health care quality. Two of these levers are:
- “Measurement and Feedback” to provide performance data for the purpose of identifying and addressing areas of quality improvement.
- “Learning and Technical Assistance” to foster learning environments and promote evidence-based best practices that help organizations achieve quality improvement goals.
The reports, best practices, and quality measures in this section are intended to support the efforts of Connections health centers to adhere to these two levers in the NQS.