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The Care We Need: Driving Better Health Outcomes for People and Communities | via NQF
In this recent report, The National Quality Forum details strategies and actionable recommendations to make sure care is high value for every person, every time, everywhere by 2030.

The Care We Need:

Driving Better Health Outcomes for People and Communities

[The following is an excerpt from the Executive Summary of The Care We Need:

Driving Better Health Outcomes for People and Communities, a report released this week by the National Quality Forum. The Care We Need highlights the stories of real people and details strategies and actionable recommendations to make sure care is high value for every person, every time, everywhere by 2030.]


The National Quality Forum was founded as a national response to systemic healthcare quality issues. Since the late 1990s, much has been achieved, but many challenges persist. As this report is released, our nation is currently responding to one of the greatest health crises in the last century. During this time, we are reminded that we are one interconnected system of care that performs best when priorities and practices are aligned and coordinated at all levels and across all stakeholders.


The COVID-19 pandemic highlights both the strengths and weaknesses in America’s healthcare delivery system. Prior to the outbreak, many healthcare delivery systems across the country were already embracing a culture of safety, implementing Lean and high-reliability practices, and using robust data-driven quality measurement to drive improvement strategies and better outcomes. However, this is not the norm across all, or even the majority, of the healthcare delivery system. For the health of our communities and the public at large, we need to normalize the processes and practices that reliably deliver safe, appropriate, person-centered care. Now, as the healthcare delivery system faces so many challenges, is the opportunity to do just that.


As a nation, we invest heavily in our delivery system. We lead the world in healthcare spending that exceeds $3.5 trillion per year and approaches one-fifth of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Yet, we continue to lag other countries in health outcomes. If we mobilize our resources to support an aligned set of priorities, we should and can expect better health outcomes with the levels of investment in our federal, state, and employer budgets, and consumer spend.


VIEW & DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT - PDF


FACT SHEET - PDF


SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT - PDF


We ask that you help to publicize the work of the Task Force through public statements of support and by disseminating the report. Now, especially in the face of the renewed focus on systemic racism and the COVID-19 pandemic, we see the importance of coming together to systematically address new and persistent challenges. In releasing the report, we ask for your assistance encouraging stakeholders to play a meaningful role moving the recommendations it contains forward.


Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil

President and CEO

National Quality Forum (NQF)