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Appendix B3: Priority Goals

Below are a number of cross-cutting, new Priority Goals for FY 2012 – 2013 that align with the HHS Strategic Plan. HHS will actively monitor progress towards achievement of these goals through quarterly data-driven reviews and other mechanisms.

The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, P.L. 111-352, requires the inclusion of these Federal Goals in our Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan. For more information about Federal Priority Goals, please refer to for information on Federal Priority Goals and the agency’s contributions to those goals, where applicable.

Increase the number of health centers certified as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH): By September 30, 2013, the quality of care provided by health centers will be improved by increasing the proportion of health centers that are nationally recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) from 1% to 25%.

Improve patient safety: By September 30, 2013, reduce the national rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by demonstrating significant, quantitative and measurable reductions in hospital-acquired central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

Improve health care through meaningful use of health information technology: By September 30, 2013, increase the number of eligible providers who receive an incentive payment from the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for the successful adoption or meaningful use of certified EHR technology to 140,000.

Improve the quality early childhood education: By September 30, 2013, improve the quality of early childhood programs for low-income children through implementation of the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and through implementation of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS: Pre-K) in Head Start.

Reduce cigarette smoking: By December 31, 2013, reduce annual adults’ cigarette consumption in the United States from 1,281 cigarettes per capita to 1,062 cigarettes per capita, which represents a 17.1% decrease from the 2010 baseline.

Reduce foodborne illness in the population: By December 31, 2013, decrease the rate of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) illness in the population from 2.6 cases per 100,000 (2007-2009 baseline) to 2.1 cases per 100,000.

In addition to these Priority Goals, HHS is working to improve the health of millions of Americans through implementation of the Affordable Care Act. To provide transparency to the public with regard to the Affordable Care Act, HHS launched on July 1, 2010. The website is the first of its kind to bring information and links to health insurance plans and other coverage options into one place, to make it easy for consumers to learn about their insurance choices.