Value Portfolio

Value research focuses on finding a way to achieve greater value in health care – reducing unnecessary costs and waste while maintaining or improving quality.

The cost of health care has been growing at an unsustainable rate, even as quality and safety challenges continue.  Finding a way to achieve greater value in health care – reducing unnecessary costs and waste while maintaining or improving quality – along with increased transparency of provider performance information, are critical national needs.  AHRQ’s Value portfolio aims to meet these needs by producing the measures, data, tools, evidence and strategies that health care organizations, systems, insurers, purchasers, and policymakers need to improve the value, affordability and transparency of health care.

The Value Portfolio includes:

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
Family of surveys that gather information about families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States and is the only national source of annual data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently services are used, the cost of services, and the methods of paying for services.

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
Family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-industry partnership that serves as a national information resource of patient-level health care data.

AHRQ Quality Indicators
Measure and track quality and cost, identify strategies to improve both, and partner with the field to implement what we know.

MONAHRQ
Web development tool to make public reporting on the web a reality for many hospitals and other health care providers.

National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report
Annual reports that measure trends in patient safety, patient centeredness, and effectiveness, timeliness, and efficiency of care.

State Snapshots
Reports that provide health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
Program that develops surveys to help improve the quality of health care from the perspective of consumers and patients.

National Guideline Clearinghouse™ 
Web-based resource for information on more than 2,300 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

National Quality Measures Clearinghouse
Database and Web site for information on specific evidence-based health care quality measures and measure sets.

Current as of September 2012
Internet Citation: Value Portfolio. September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/portfolios/value/index.html