HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt debuted a new quality-improvement plan that would build and establish local quality-improvement collaboratives with an eye toward a national link-up in a few years.
Leavitt said the system of so-called Value Exchanges would be based on national coordination (but) local control, and would include physicians, nurses and hospitals that work in conjunction with health plans, employers, unions and other purchasers to achieve a reliable public reporting system.
Under the plan, qualified regional Value Exchanges would provide public reports on the performance of providers in their area and would focus on quality improvement.
HHS has already designated six exchanges and many more Community Leaders are expected to participate as well.
Separately, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation separately unveiled a two-year, $115 million commitment to improve healthcare quality.