-The HHS Secretary will conduct a study on expanding the healthcare acquired conditions policy to include other facilities, including rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, hospital outpatient departments, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, and health clinics.
–The Secretary, through a transparent collaborative process, shall establish a national strategy to improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health.
–The President shall convene a working group to be known as the Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality. The goals of the Working group shall be–collaboration, cooperation, and consultation between Federal departments and agencies with respect to developing and disseminating strategies, goals, models, and timetables. The working group shall be composed of senior representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, the Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the United States Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense, the Department f Education, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration, any other Federal agencies and departments with activities relating to improving health care quality and safety, as determined by the President.
–Beginning December 2010, the Working Group shall report to Congress and post on the Internet a report on its progress and recommendations.
–At least once every three years, the Secretary, along with the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shall identify gaps where no quality measures exist and existing quality measures that need improve, updating, or expansion, are needed in federal programs. These gaps are then posted on an internet website. $75,000,000 in grants is available 2010 through 2014 each year if you can fill those gaps….through information technology or some other means.