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CMS' Quality Strategy


What’s the CMS Quality Strategy?

Our Quality Strategy vision for improving health delivery can be said in three words:  better, smarter, healthier. We’re focusing on:

  • Using incentives to improve care.
  • Tying payment to value through new payment models.
  • Changing how care is given through:
    • Better teamwork.
    • Better coordination across healthcare settings.
    • More attention to population health.
    • Putting the power of healthcare information to work

The Strategy is coordinated with the six priorities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Quality Strategy. Each priority is a goal in our Quality Strategy

What are the CMS Quality Strategy’s goals?

Our Quality Strategy goals are to:

  • Make care safer by reducing harm caused while care’s delivered.
    • Improve support for a culture of safety.
    • Reduce inappropriate and unnecessary care.
    • Prevent or minimize harm in all settings.
  • Help patients and their families be involved as partners in their care.
  • Promote effective communication and coordination of care.
  • Promote effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
  • Work with communities to help people live healthily.
  • Make care affordable.

How's the CMS Quality Strategy implemented?

Four foundational principles help us meet our goals:  

  • Eliminate racial and ethnic disparities
  • Strengthen infrastructure and data systems.
  • Enable local innovations.
  • Foster learning organizations.

The “Partnership for Patients” is one example of our Quality Strategy in action.

How was the CMS Quality Strategy developed?

To develop our Quality Strategy, we collaborated with many stakeholders, HHS agencies, our beneficiaries, and the community for over a year.


Get more in-depth information on CMS' Quality Strategy & Quality Initiatives, and learn about CMS Quality Measures.