AHRQ Releases State-Specific Healthcare Quality Snapshots
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s annual release of state-by-state quality data continues to give states mixed reviews for the quality of care they provide. The 2008 State Snapshots provide quality information that includes strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The information used to create the State Snapshots is drawn from the 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report, which was released in May by HHS.
The 2008 State Snapshots summarize healthcare quality in three dimensions: type of care (preventive, acute, and chronic care), care setting (hospitals, ambulatory, nursing homes, and home health care) and by clinical areas (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, maternal and child health, and respiratory disease). The dashboard for each state now contains revised graphics that succinctly display all of the summary measures on healthcare quality and allow a clear view of the range of each state’s performance.
HHS has also released state-by-state reports on the healthcare status quo.