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Quality of Care

Tools & Resources

2011 National Healthcare Quality Report
AHRQ Quality Indicators
AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals
Ambulatory Safety and Quality Program: Health IT Portfolio
Americans as Health Care Consumers: The Role of Quality Information
Americans as Health Care Consumers: Update on the Role of Quality Information
Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety of Patient Safety Practices: Developing Criteria
Best Practices in Public Reporting
   No. 1. How To Effectively Present Health Care Performance Data To Consumers
   No. 2: Maximizing Consumer Understanding of Public Comparative Quality Reports: Effective Use of Explanatory Information
   No. 3. How to Maximize Public Awareness and Use of Comparative Quality Reports Through Effective Promotion and Dissemination Strategies
Care Coordination Measures Atlas
Case Studies from the Quality Improvement Support System
The Challenge and Potential for Assuring Quality Health Care for the 21st Century
Designing and Implementing Medicaid Disease and Care Management Programs: A User's Guide
Expanding Patient-Centered Care To Empower Patients and Assist Providers
Five AHRQ-Supported Studies Featured in March 2012 Health Affairs
Guide to Patient and Family Engagement: Final Environmental Scan Report
Improving Health Care Quality: Fact Sheet
Managing and Evaluating Rapid-Cycle Process Improvements as Vehicles for Hospital System Redesign
Methodological Considerations in Generating Provider Performance Scores for Use in Public Reporting: A Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives
Model Public Report Elements: A Sampler
National Evaluation of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
Patient Safety Culture Surveys
Promoting Safety and Quality Through Human Resource Practices
Q-SPAN: Expanding and Improving Quality of Care Measures
Quality Diagnostic Tools for States Quality Improvement and Performance Measurement in Medicaid Care Management: Fact Sheet
Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC): Fact Sheet
Regional Coalition Collaboration Guide
Researching Implementation and Change While Improving Quality
Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives
Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons from the Pioneers
Toolkit for Redesign in Health Care: Final Report
Transforming Hospitals: Designing for Safety and Quality
Users of Public Reports of Hospital Quality: Who, What, Why, and How?
Using Workforce Practices To Drive Quality Improvement: A Guide for Hospitals
Women With Diabetes: Quality of Health Care, 2004-2005
Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003-2006

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Research Findings

Research Activities: Online Newsletter 
Summarizes study findings relevant to quality of care

Agency Press Releases

Date   Title
9/10/12 AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent
4/20/12 Disparities Report Highlights Health Care Challenges For Racial and Ethnic Minorities
3/5/12 Study Finds Consumers Choose High-Value Health Care Providers When Given Good Cost and Quality Information

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Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®)

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Evidence Reports & Technical Reviews

Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, No. 208:
Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science Series
   The Patient-Centered Medical Home
   Public Reporting as a Quality Improvement Strategy
Bundled Payment: Effects on Health Care Spending and Quality
Medication Adherence Interventions: Comparative Effectiveness
Quality Improvement Interventions to Address Health Disparities

Technical Review, No. 9: Closing the Quality Gap
   Vol. 1: Series Overview and Methodology
   Vol. 2: Diabetes Mellitus
   Vol. 3: Hypertension Care
   Vol. 4: Antibiotic Prescribing Behavior
   Vol. 5: Asthma Care
   Vol. 6: Healthcare-Associated Infections
   Vol. 7: Care Coordination

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Meetings & Conferences

Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) Meetings
   AQA Meeting Summary, May 16, 2012

Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs to Improve the Science Base for Health Care and Public Health Quality Improvement Symposium

Toward a Research Agenda on Quality-Payment Alignment: Findings From an Invitational Colloquium

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Speeches & Testimony

Date   Title
3/18/09  What is Health Care Quality and Who Decides?
2/1/08  Making the Connection: Value-Driven Health Care, Health Information Technology, and Quality Care

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