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AHRQ State Snapshots Show Improvements in Person-Centered Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) annual state snapshots show improvements in more than 70 percent of person-centered care measures from 2000 to 2016.

Built with data from 250 quality measures from the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, the interactive snapshots show state-specific performance on:

  • access to care;
  • type of care;
  • care setting;
  • occurrence of diseases and conditions;
  • health status of priority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, older adults, rural patients, and low-income patients; and
  • insurance status.

Overall, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts were the highest-performing states, based on these measures.

AHRQ infographic

Courtesy of AHRQ.


The snapshots also illuminate care disparities related to sociodemographic factors, such as race, ethnicity, and income. For example, in 2015, the rate of potentially avoidable hospital admissions for adults was five times as high for African Americans as it was for white patients.

Health care providers and officials may use this interactive tool to compare performance with other states, identify areas for improvement, and find models for best practices. AHRQ also has published resources to help states tackle disparities and improve quality performance.


About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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