Discussion

Based on your current work setting or an area of interest, select and explore one of the CMS quality initiatives (e.g., hospitals, home health, nursing home, end-stage renal disease) at www.cms.gov/center/quality.asp and review the current National Quality Strategy report (www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality, In two or three paragraphs, answer the following questions in reference to the quality initiative you selected:

1. What does the CMS quality initiative include? Describe the initiative and its relationship to the National Quality Strategy.

2. How can the data publicly available on the comparison site for the quality initiative to benefit a healthcare organization? Describe how the measurement data can be used in the setting you are interested in to improve performance.

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