Agencies & Government Programs
Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), complementing the biomedical research mission of its sister agency, the National Institutes of Health. AHRQ is home to research centers that specialize in major areas of health care research: quality improvement and patient safety; outcomes and effectiveness of care; clinical practice and technology assessment; health care organization and delivery systems; primary care (including preventive services); and health care costs and sources of payment.
AHRQ Launches Clearinghouse for Quality Measures
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched a Web-based National Quality Measures Clearinghouse. The site is intended as a one-stop shop for physicians, hospitals, health plans and others interested in quality measures. It contains evidence-based quality measures and measure sets available to evaluate and improve the quality of health care.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Initiatives
This Web site provides links to various CMS quality improvement efforts.
VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS)
NCPS embodies the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) uncompromising commitment to reducing and preventing adverse medical events while enhancing the care given our patients. The NCPS represents a unified and cohesive patient safety program, with active participation by all of the 172 VA hospitals supported by dedicated patient safety managers. Our program is unique in healthcare; we focus on prevention not punishment, applying human factor analysis and the safety research of high reliability organizations (aviation and nuclear power) targeted at identifying and eliminating system vulnerabilities.