Monday, August 29, 2005

CMS - Quality Improvement Roadmap

the CMS quality roadmap features five main strategies to achieve the goal of high-quality care:

  1. Work through partnerships – within CMS, with Federal and State agencies, and especially with non-governmental partners – to achieve specific quality goals.
  2. Develop and provide quality measures and information, as a basis for supporting more effective quality improvement efforts.
  3. Pay in a way that reinforces our commitment to quality, and that helps providers and patients take steps to improve health and avoid unnecessary costs.
  4. Assist practitioners and providers in making care more effective, particularly including the use of effective electronic health systems.
  5. Bring effective new treatments to patients more rapidly and help develop better evidence so that doctors and patients can use medical technologies more effectively.