The National Priorities Partnership will release the specific goals it will strive to meet in improving targeted areas of healthcare.
The partnershipa coalition convened by the National Quality Forumexplains the goals in its report Aligning Our Efforts to Transform Americas Healthcare Goals. The partnership will formally release the report during a Nov. 17 conference. The partnership includes 28 groups that have agreed to collaborate on a core set of improvements.
According to the report, the partners named goals in six areas. Under care coordination, providers will collect patient feedback; communicate medication information; and collaborate with patients to reduce 30-day readmission rates and preventable emergency visits. Regarding overuse, providers will reduce extra services and treatments in targeted areas of care. Under palliative goals, providers will ensure access to relief treatments, and help with psychological, social and spiritual needs; provide patients with effective communication about options; and provide high-quality palliative and hospice services.
Under patient engagement, providers will ask for feedback on care experiences; all patients will have access to tools to manage their care; and all patients will have access to information for making decisions. Through population health, citizens will receive preventive services recommended by the Preventive Services Task Force; people will adopt healthy lifestyles; and the health of communities will be improved according to a national index of health. Under safety, providers will ensure a safety culture while reducing harm; hospitals will reduce preventable mortality rates; and hospitals will improve 30-day mortality rates for select conditions. -- by Jean DerGurahian