Future Directions for the National [US] Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports – 14 April 2010

Posted on April 15, 2010. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , , |

Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
Released: April 14, 2010
Type: Consensus Report

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Activity: Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
Board: Board on Health Care Services

“As the United States devotes extensive resources to health care, evalu­ating how successfully the U.S. system delivers high-quality, high-value care in an equitable manner is essential. At the request of Congress, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) annually produces the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). The reports have revealed areas in which health care perfor­mance has improved over time, but they also have identified major shortcom­ings. After five years of producing the NHQR and NHDR, AHRQ asked the IOM for guidance on how to improve the next generation of reports.

The IOM concludes that the NHQR and NHDR can be improved in ways that would make them more influential in promoting change in the health care system. In addition to being sources of data on past trends, the national healthcare reports can provide more detailed insights into current performance, establish the value of closing gaps in quality and equity, and project the time required to bridge those gaps at the current pace of improvement. The IOM deter­mined that AHRQ should:

Align the NHQR and NHDR with nationally recognized priority areas.
Select measures that reflect health care attri­butes or processes that are deemed to have the greatest impact on population health.
Affirm that achieving equity is an essential part of quality improvement.
Increase the reach and usefulness of AHRQ’s family of report-related products.
Analyze and present data in ways that will inform policy and promote best-in-class achievement for all actors.
Identify measure and data needs to set a research and data collection agenda.”



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