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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Quality of Care

Tools & Resources

2007 National Healthcare Quality ReportNew!
AHRQ Quality Indicators
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
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 GuideNew!
Expanding Patient-Centered Care To Empower Patients and Assist Providers
Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture
   Hospital Comparative Database Submission Information
   2008 Comparative Database Report
   2007 Comparative Database Report
   Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety: User's GuideNew!
Improving Health Care Quality: Fact Sheet
Managing and Evaluating Rapid-Cycle Process Improvements as Vehicles for Hospital System Redesign
National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
Oregon Consumer Scorecard Project
Q-SPAN: Expanding and Improving Quality of Care Measures
Quality Improvement and Performance Measurement in Medicaid Care Management: Fact Sheet
Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC): Fact Sheet
Reducing Errors in Health Care
Regional Coalition Collaboration GuideNew!
Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons from the Pioneers
Toolkit for Redesign in Health Care: Final Report
Tools for Hospitals and Health Care Systems
Transforming Hospitals: Designing for Safety and Quality
Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care

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Research Findings

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

Agency Press Releases
Date   Title
10/8/08 HHS Issues Interim Guidance For Patient Safety Organizations
9/15/08 AHRQ Releases Two New Resources to Help Consumers and Clinicians Prevent Dangerous Blood Clots
3/26/08 AHRQ'S 2007 State Snapshots Provide Broader Portraits of State-by-State Health Care Performance

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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. 137:
Cancer Care Quality Measures: Symptoms and End of Life Care
Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, No. 138:
Cancer Care Quality Measures: Diagnosis and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer
Technical Review, No. 4:
Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators
Technical Review, No. 5:
Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators
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) Invitational Meeting
   Seventh Meeting Summary, May 30, 2007
   Sixth Meeting Summary, January 22, 2007
   Fifth Meeting Summary, October 24, 2006
   Fourth Meeting Summary, April 26, 2006
   Third Meeting Summary, April 27-28, 2005
   Second Meeting Summary, January 17-18, 2005
   First Meeting Summary, November 8-9, 2004

Buy-Right for Health Care Quality: Evidence and Indicators
Web Conference, October 2004
Ensuring Quality Health Care: The Challenges of Measuring Performance and Consumer Satisfaction
Workshop Summary, June 1997
Health Workforce Shortages: Quality Concerns and Policy Options
Web Conference, April 2003
Making Quality Count: Tools, Strategies, and Resources
Web Conference, February 2004

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

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Speeches & Testimony

Date   Title
2/26/08  Perspectives on Chartered Value Exchanges in a Changing Health Care Environment
2/23/08  The Value of Quality: Defining the Clinical and Economic Impact
2/1/08  Making the Connection: Value-Driven Health Care, Health Information Technology, and Quality Care
11/1/07  Health Information Technology and Underserved Populations
11/6/06 The Benefits of Health IT and P4P
11/1/06 Achieving Enhanced Quality and Care Through Health IT
9/27/06 Remaking American Medicine
9/25/06 The Culture of Safety
6/5/06 Health IT: Improving the Quality of Health Care
3/23/06 Health Information Technology and Health Care Transformation
1/9/06 Highlights and Implications from the Findings of the National Healthcare Quality Report and Disparities Report
10/25/05 Health Information Technology, Quality of Care, and Evidence-based Medicine: An Interlinked Triad
9/9/05 Health Information Technology and the "Quality Movement"
6/8/05 Quality Is the Goal for Patient Safety and Health IT
4/4/05 The Quality Challenge
3/19/04 Testimony on Health Care Quality Initiatives

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