HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 4.1 - Enhance the Appropriate Use of Effective Health Services


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will disseminate knowledge about effective health services through multiple mechanisms and partnerships, Hospital sceneincluding health networks and health care provider organizations. We will focus these activities on:

  • disseminating protocols/guidelines for prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse, particularly for challenging patient populations such as homeless persons with dual diagnoses.

  • promoting the use of patient care guidelines on effective methods of care for treatable diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and tuberculosis.

  • use of web sites and electronic clearinghouses to facilitate easy and wide-spread access to information.

  • establish a national partnership with the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, state health agencies, hospitals, and health care organizations, to develop and disseminate information on the best ways of preventing medical errors.

    4.1 Implementation Strategies
    • Information Dissemination
    • Quality Monitoring
    • Research

    This will be done through benchmarking, providing grants for additional research on causes of medical errors, and developing a data clearinghouse.

We will monitor the quality of care to ensure effective services are used. We will do this through projects carried out by Medicare Peer Review Organizations to assess whether beneficiary care meets professionally recognized standards in six clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke/transient ischemic attack/atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and breast cancer.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


We will carry out research and evaluation activities to develop knowledge about effective health services and how best to promote their use. We will focus on:

  • understanding the relationship between health care services and health outcomes and developing mechanisms to measure and monitor the quality of these services.

  • developing tools to help individual practitioners and health systems apply the latest information on preferred treatment.