CMS National Quality Strategy 2023

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The 2023 CMS Quality Conference convened leaders across the health care spectrum to explore how patients, advocates, providers, researchers, and champions in health care quality improvement can develop and spread solutions to address America’s most pervasive health system challenges.

During the virtual conference, which attracted 10,000 attendees, CMS released a National Quality Strategy (NQS) handout, which outlines the goals and objectives, and actions taken within the NQS’s four priority areas: equity and engagement; outcomes and alignment; safety and resiliency, and interoperability and scientific advancement.

To achieve optimal health and well-being for all Americans, it is essential to have a high quality, safe, equitable, and resilient health care system.

As the nation’s largest payer and a trusted partner of the health care system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been committed to ensuring the highest quality care and best health outcomes for all individuals. CMS has leveraged a number of approaches to achieve quality goals, including quality measurement; public reporting; value-based payment programs and models; establishing and enforcing health and safety standards; and providing quality improvement technical assistance.

In 2022, the agency launched the CMS National Quality Strategy (NQS), an ambitious long term initiative that aims to promote the highest quality outcomes and safest care for all individuals. The CMS National Quality Strategy focuses on a person-centric approach from birth to end of life as individuals journey across the continuum of care, from home or community-based settings to hospital to post-acute care, and across payer types, including Traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, and Marketplace plans. The CMS National Quality Strategy builds on previous efforts to improve quality across the health care system, incorporates lessons learned from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), and addresses the urgent need for transformative action to advance towards a more equitable, safe, and outcomes-based health care system for all individuals.

This (11-page) document provides an overview of the CMS National Quality Strategy goals and objectives, organized into four priority areas: