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Health Agencies Update
May 25, 2005

Quality Measures

JAMA. 2005;293(20):2463. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2463-d

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released state-level health care quality data for 2004 based on the congressionally mandated National Healthcare Quality Report, established 2 years ago to track health care quality for the nation on an annual basis. The data are meant to help state health officials identify measures of health care quality where states are doing well and where improvement may be needed.

The report includes state rankings on 14 selected measures, state summaries on the entire set of about 100 quality measures, and state snapshots that give more detail on specific measures. Examples of the measures include extent of preventive screening for colorectal cancer and the percentage of live-born infants with low birth weight.