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Priority areas for national action
Transforming health care quality

The list of priority areas identified by the committee is intended to serve as a starting point for transforming the nation’s health care system. Many of the leading causes of death are on this list. Just five of the conditions included—heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes—account for approximately 1.5 million deaths annually and represent 63 percent of total deaths in the United States.

If redesigning systems of care resulted in merely a 5 percent mortality improvement in these areas alone, nearly 75,000 premature deaths could potentially be averted.