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National Behavioral Health Quality Framework

In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA—or ACA) charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with developing a National Quality Strategy (NQS), the purpose of which is to better meet the promise of providing all Americans with access to health care that is safe, effective, and affordable. In March 2011, the Secretary of HHS reported to Congress on a National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. Using the NQS as a model, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed the National Behavioral Health Quality Framework (NBHQF).

The NBHQF provides a mechanism to examine and prioritize quality prevention, treatment, and recovery elements at the payer/system/plan, provider/practitioner, and patient/population levels. The NBHQF is aligned with the NQS in that it supports the three broad aims of better care, healthy people/healthy communities, and affordable care. However, it was specifically broadened to include the dissemination of proven interventions and accessible care. The latter concept encompasses affordable care, along with other elements of care accessibility, including the impact of health disparities.

National Behavioral Health Quality Framework
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Last updated: 04/18/2014


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