Quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is deeply committed to ongoing data transparency and creating a patient-centered healthcare system, where clinicians are challenged to lower costs and increase the quality of care they provide. At the same time, we want to empower patients to make more informed healthcare decisions by providing meaningful information about their healthcare providers. The Quality Payment Program (QPP) is a key component of these efforts.

One of our priorities at CMS is to identify innovative approaches to improving care for our beneficiaries. Too often we’ve heard about the challenges beneficiaries, families, and caregivers face navigating health care, especially when it comes to transitioning between care settings.
Health care: American’s favorite debate topic. While there is much to debate, we can all agree that the patient-provider relationship has been strained by unnecessary regulations and reporting requirements.
Each April marks National Minority Health Month, providing the opportunity to acknowledge the progress made in reducing disparities, as well as a chance to reflect on what more needs to be done to achieve health equity. Discussions about health equity frequently focus on the important roles that preventive services and care quality have in determining health outcomes.

CMS is charged with developing and enforcing quality and safety standards across the nation’s health care system, a responsibility we consider a sacred trust. While we support and promote the private sector’s critical role in our health care system, CMS’ duty to monitor the safety of the nation’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers, is a unique governmental task which lies at the core of government’s role in health care.