The major strategies of the national health policy to improve the performance of the American health system are to:
• Develop better tools to monitor performance,
• Increase transparency by making performance information available to purchasers and consumers, and
• Develop appropriate incentives to drive performance improvement.
Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) are critical enablers for the implementation of these strategies on the national level. Created by an act of Congress in 1982, every state has a QIO with the primary mission of improving health care for all Medicare beneficiaries
Wilson, Donald F.
"The Role of Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations,"
Prescriptions for Excellence in Health Care Newsletter Supplement:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/pehc/vol1/iss1/4