Affordable Care Act Of 2010 Required The U.s. Department Of Health And Human Services
The quality of our healthcare system has long history that began in the nineteenth-century with an iconic figure, Ignaz Semmelweis, an obstetrician who introduced hand washing to medical care (Chassin & Loeb, 2011). Even with a rocky start, the quality of our healthcare system has improved tremendously within the last fifty years. Quality improvement mechanisms and strategies have been established to improve the quality of care that is provided to patients. After all, aside from accumulating revenue, patient safety and satisfaction is what’s most important.
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Healthcare and charged the National Quality Forum (NQF) with giving input into the development of HHS’s National Quality Strategy (Lombardozzi, 2011). Today, the landscape of our healthcare quality is still transforming and remaining paramount with the health of various tools and techniques. Through research, the vision, strategy, and tools of healthcare quality and the current state will be discussed.
Healthcare Quality and the Patient
At the end of the twentieth century, many reports revealed strong evidence of widespread quality deficiencies and highlighted a need for substantial change to ensure high-quality care for all patients (Joshi, Ransom, Nash, & Ransom, 2014). The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines quality as “the degree to which health services…