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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality


2010 State Snapshots

The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.

State-level information used to create the State Snapshots is based on data collected for the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR).

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State Selection Map

The State Selection Map allows you to choose your State to explore the quality of your State's health care against national rates or best performing States.

Performance Measures

Summary measures of quality of care and States' performances relative to all States and the region by:

  • Overall health care quality
  • Types of care (preventive, acute, and chronic)
  • Settings of care (hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing home, and home health)
  • Five clinical conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, maternal and child health, and respiratory diseases)
  • Special focus areas on diabetes, asthma, Healthy People 2010, clinical preventive services, disparities, payer, and variation over time

Interpretation of Results provides the user with background on what to consider in using results from this site — what the performance measures mean, original data sources used, and factors that might affect performance rates. The Methods section provides information on how each component of the Web site was developed, including how summary measures were scored and presented. It includes a list (Appendix I) of individual measures behind the summary measures.

NHQR Resources

Three online resources provide access to information from the National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHQR/DR): NHQR/DR Reports Web Site, NHQRDRnet, and the State Snapshots (this Web site). To assist States in taking action to improve health care quality and reduce disparities, a list of online State resources is available.

Last Updated: May 02, 2011