State Snapshots

The State Snapshots provide state-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help state officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their state.

State-level information used to create the State Snapshots is based on data collected for the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR).

State Selection Map

The State Selection Map allows you to choose your State to explore the quality of your State's health care against national rates or best performing States.

Performance Measures

Summary measures of quality of care and States' performances relative to all States and the region by:

  • Overall health care quality
  • Types of care (preventive, acute, and chronic)
  • Settings of care (hospitals, ambulatory care, nursing home, and home health)
  • Five clinical conditions (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, maternal and child health, and respiratory diseases)
  • Special focus areas on diabetes, asthma, Healthy People 2010, clinical preventive services, disparities, payer, and variation over time

Interpretation of Results provides the user with background on what to consider in using results from this site — what the performance measures mean, original data sources used, and factors that might affect performance rates. The Methods section provides information on how each component of the Web site was developed, including how summary measures were scored and presented. It includes a list (Appendix I) of individual measures behind the summary measures.

Page last reviewed May 2014
Internet Citation: State Snapshots. May 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/data/state-snapshots/index.html