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Quality Summit

What is the Quality Summit (QS)?

The Quality Summit (QS) is a yearlong endeavor, designed to foster conversation among key stakeholders and government leaders about the effectiveness of the existing portfolio of healthcare quality programs currently administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Indian Health Service (IHS). QS will be the Department’s first step in evaluating current quality programs under the directive of President Trump’s Executive Order 13877.

Using the information gathered, in the first 6 months of the Summit, HHS will establish a Health Quality Roadmap to align and improve reporting on data and quality measures across Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Military Health System, and the Veteran’s Affairs Health System.

The Quality Summit will be managed by the Immediate Office of the Secretary of HHS, chaired by Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan. The co-chair will be Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., Advisor for Value-Based Care and Health Insurance at HHS, and an internationally renowned expert on healthcare quality and patient safety.

What type of experience is preferred for non-governmental stakeholders?

HHS is looking for participants who are prominently recognized industry thought leaders or who have high-executive level experience leading healthcare quality and patient safety efforts for:

  • hospital systems, health clinics, nursing homes and post-acute care facilities;
  • physician and nursing groups and specialty societies;
  • insurance companies and other payers;
  • large and small employers;
  • military and veterans’ healthcare delivery systems.

HHS is also seeking participants who:

  • engage in healthcare quality and patient safety research;
  • have expertise in quality management in industries other than healthcare;
  • have expertise in collecting, packaging, and diffusing information;
  • have expertise in graduate-level education and training.

Nominees should have at least 10 and preferably 20-30 years of experience in the field.

How will non-governmental stakeholders be identified for participation?

HHS will accept nominations for participants beginning on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 and ending on Wednesday July 31, 2019. Nominations should consist of a 1-page cover letter summarizing an applicant’s qualifications along with an applicant’s resume or CV. Nominations must be submitted via e-mail to DeputySecretary@hhs.gov with the subject line: “Quality Summit Application.”

Are there other ways for non-governmental stakeholders to engage in the Quality Summit?

Yes. As part of the Quality Summit, HHS will open a Request For Information (RFI) soliciting perspectives on the Federal Government’s programs for assuring healthcare quality and patient safety. Interested parties are encouraged to reply, in detail, to the RFI. HHS will incorporate information gleaned into the restructuring efforts, and will engage additional stakeholders based on responses to the RFI. More information on the RFI will be forthcoming.

When will decisions be made on the participants and will that information be made public?

Decisions will be made the 1st week of August, 2019, with the expectation that a non-governmental stakeholder meeting will be convened in late August / early September.

What does success look like for this effort?

The Federal Government will glean a better understanding of the administrative burden that may prevent the broad adoption of common quality measures, the improvement of quality measurements, and the optimization of quality programs to provide high value care and improve patient safety from both a regulatory and industry viewpoint.

How much time commitment do you expect from non-governmental stakeholders? Will participants be compensated and/or reimbursed?

Participants will be expected to attend, in person, a half-day long meeting once per quarter for the next year. Participants will be asked to gather information from their organizations as part of the effort. In total, we anticipate a commitment of approximately 10 hours / month by participants.

No compensation or travel reimbursement will be provided.

Is HHS committing to restructuring governmental quality programs based solely on input from this group?

No. This group will not be recommending or giving any direction on healthcare quality programs administered by the government. HHS is looking to engage with this group to better understand the healthcare quality management landscape, and the opportunities, barriers, and misunderstandings that exist. This is an attempt by HHS to get a broader set of perspectives on how healthcare quality is assured, how healthcare quality and patient safety can be improved, and the respective roles of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in that process.

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Content last reviewed on July 18, 2019