July 12—To improve long-term quality in population health across various sectors, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is recommending that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work with public health agencies, healthcare organizations, and other healthcare entities to adopt specific quality measures. 

The IOM’s Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) in Healthy People 2020—the organization’s 10-year agenda for advancing toward long, healthy lives for all—include indicators for some of the chief causes of preventable deaths and major illnesses in the United States, according to a recently released report from the IOM. 

In the report, a specifically convened IOM committee suggests that every community should use measures of quality to monitor progress on the LHIs. The committee also makes recommendations for selecting, implementing, and promoting appropriate measures of quality that are useful across a range of settings. 

Publication Date: Friday, July 12, 2013