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The ACT Report

Accelerating Change Today, or ACT, is a collaborative initiative of the National Coalition on Health Care and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It aims to improve the quality of health care in the United States through the identification of "best practices" and administrative and clinical innovations that are: (1) yielding better patient outcomes; (2) making the delivery of care more efficient; (3) increasing access to timely medical care; (4) making the health system easier to use; (5) lowering costs, and (6) reducing medical errors and inappropriate care. The initiative seeks to accelerate the spread of best practices and innovations throughout the health system by publishing them and through presentations at medical meetings and health care and business symposia.
ICIC, the National Coalition on Health Care, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement collaboratively authored the May 2002 ACT report entitled "Curing the System: Stories of Change in Chronic Illness Care".

The report, third in a series of reports on compelling changes in our health care system, profiles innovative approaches to managing chronic care based on the Chronic Care Model. A variety of communities and diverse health settings from around the country are highlighted - from community health systems to multi-specialty clinics, solo practitioners, health plans, integrated health systems, community based organizations and academic health centers.