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2011 State Snapshots provide state-specific health care quality information!

The 2011 State Snapshots, available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) web site, provide state-specific health care quality information; including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement, with the goal of helping state officials and their partners to better understand health care quality and disparities in their state. The web site includes a State Selection Map, which allows comparison of a particular state’s health care quality against all other states.

State-level information used to create the State Snapshots is based on data collected for the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports (NHQR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. New for 2011 are chapters on care coordination and health system infrastructure. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care. The NHQR includes over 150 measures of overall health care quality, as reported at the state level.

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