New coalition sets health quality priorities

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Despite intense focus on improving care and keeping patients safe from harm, American health care quality is only about 2% better this decade than last, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. That is just not good enough, say leaders of a major new initiative aimed at coordinating quality improvement and patient safety efforts among physicians, hospitals, accreditation and certification bodies, health plans, payers and patients.

The initiative is known as the National Priorities Partnership (www.nationalprioritiespartnership.org). It was launched in November by the National Quality Forum, a voluntary standards-setting body that convened 28 national organizations to work together to cut unnecessary care and improve quality and patient safety.

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