Award Criteria

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Please be aware that these criteria reflect a vision for health care consistent with the Triple Aim of improving the health of populations, enhancing the experience and outcomes of care for patients, and reducing the per capita cost of care. The Institute of Medicine report (IOM), Crossing the Quality Chasm describes six aims (safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity) that are essential for achieving this vision of a comprehensive quality-oriented health care system. 

This award will honor hospitals that are committed to and have made demonstrable progress toward making this vision a reality.




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