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AHRQ launches on-line compendium
As part of the Department of Health and Human Services' Value-Driven Health Care initiative, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a compendium of health care report cards. It is designed to provide health care report card developers and researchers a range of models on which to base future work.
More than 200 report cards developed over the last 10 years by various sponsors are in the searchable directory. Included are reports on: dialysis centers, health plans, home health providers, hospitals, physicians, behavioral health, medical groups, and nursing homes in diverse parts of the country. Both print and web-based report cards are available.
The compendium is meant to serve as a collection of models, not a data resource, so the data in each report card are not considered up to date (links are provided for on-line report cards if current data are desired).
Any organization that produces report cards is able to submit its model to AHRQ for inclusion in the compendium. Health care report cards can be submitted at: www.talkingquality.gov.
All the report cards must be designed for consumer use, but do not to be available to all consumers or for free. Additionally, the report cards must provide consumer-oriented comparative data on quality for more than one health care organization and give information on at least one of the providers mentioned above.
The compendium is available as part of AHRQ's TalkingQuality web site, which provides resources on how to talk to consumers about health care quality: www.talkingquality.gov.