AHRQ releases ’09 state data on health care quality

newmexicoThe AHRQ has released the 2009 version of its state snapshots, which are particularly accessible versions of the National Healthcare Quality Report.

The state-by-state information includes, for the first time, data on health insurance, including data on health care quality categorized by source of payment, including private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and those without insurance.

The snapshots also compare relative health care quality of each state, both overall and in specific areas such as preventive care and ambulatory care.

My favorite part is the 3.5 mb Excel file that has each state’s numbers for everything the snapshots measure. It allows relatively easy comparisons that go far beyond the simple health-o-meter snapshots themselves.

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