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Table 3.4. Users of the AHRQ Qis

Evaluation of the Use of AHRQ and Other Quality Indicators

Organization NameType of ReportDescriptionQIs usedCitation
AFSCME Council 31One-time reportThe union published a report on quality at Resurrection Health Care hospitals after complaints about quality from workers.IQIs 15-20AFSCME Council 31. The High Price of Growth at Resurrection Health Care: Corporatization and the Decline of Quality of Care. November 2005. Available at:, last accessed January 2006.
California Office of Statewide Health Planning & DevelopmentInteractive tool and periodic written reportsA Web site includes an interactive tool for hospital comparison on selected IQIs and other risk-adjusted mortality indicators.IQIs 1, 2, 4-7, 21-23, 33, 34; PDI 7California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. "Consumer Information on Quality of Care." Available at:, last accessed September 2006.
Chicago Department of Public HealthPeriodic reportChicago runs a Web site providing a health profile of city community areas, including PQIs.PQIs (all except 2,9)City of Chicago. "Community Health Profiles." Available at:, last accessed September 2006.
Colorado Health and Hospital AssociationPeriodic reportHospital reports are shared among hospitals and published on a Web site.IQIs 15-20, 12-14, 30, 31, 4-7 , last accessed November 2005.
Connecticut Office of Health Care AccessOne-time reportDatabook on preventable hospitalizations.PQIs (all)Office of Health Care Access Databook. Preventable Hospitalizations in Connecticut: Assessing Access to Community Health Services. FY2000-2004. Available at:, last accessed November 2005.
Excellus Blue Cross/Blue ShieldInteractive toolOnline hospital comparison tool for health plan members only.Unspecified (members only) find_a_doctor_or_hospital/click_and_compare.shtml#, last accessed September 2006.
Exempla HealthcarePeriodic reportExempla publishes quality information on its hospitals on its Web site. (The same results are also reported by the Colorado Health and Hospital Association).IQIs 12-20, 30, 31 MortalityReportExemplaELMCandESJH51105.htm, last accessed September 2006.
Florida State Center for Health StatisticsInteractive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.PSIs 3, 6-8, 12, 13; IQIs 8-20, 32, last accessed September 2006.
Georgia Partnership for Health and AccountabilityPeriodic reportA periodic report on health in Georgia includes a chapter on avoidable hospitalizations.PQIs 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15Georgia Partnership for Health & Accountability. The State of the Health of Georgia, 2004: Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions. Available at:, last accessed November 2005
Massachusetts Dept. of Health and Human ServicesInteractive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.IQIs 14, 16-20, 32, 21, 33,, last accessed September 2006.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior ServicesPeriodic reportComparison of hospital surgery volume to help consumers choose a hospital.IQIs 1, 2, 4-7; PDI 7
Niagara Health Quality Coalition and Alliance for Quality Health CareInteractive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.IQIs 1-25, last accessed September 2006.
Norton HealthcareInteractive toolHealth system publishes quality data for its hospitals on its Web site.PSIs 1-6, 8-16, 18-20; IQIs 1, 2, 4-9, 11-20, 22-24, 30, 31, 34; PDIs 2, 3, 4-9, 11, 13, last accessed September 2006.
Ohio Department of HealthPeriodic reportOnline comparison of avoidable hospitalizations by county.PQIs 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, last accessed September 2006.
OregonInteractive toolOnline hospital comparison tool and a report on Oregon' safety net by the Safety Net Advisory Council.IQIs 11, 12, 15-17, 19, 20, 30; PQIs 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15 (IQIs) #Power_Point_Presentations (PQIs)
Rhode IslandOne-time reportReport on hospital procedure volumes. Future reports on IQIs and PSIs in preparation.IQIs 1-7Williams KA, Buechner JS. Health by Numbers Vol. 6, No. 2. February 2004. Available at:, last accessed December 2005.
Texas Health Care Information CollectionInteractive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.IQIs 1-14, 16-20, 22-25, 30-33; PQIs (all), last accessed September 2006.
The Alliance (Wisconsin)Periodic reportQualityCounts report on hospital safety performance. The report is based on AHRQ PSIs but modifies them for reporting.PSIs 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 17; IQI 33, last accessed September 2006
Utah Department of Public HealthPeriodic reportWeb site providing health information for geographic areas. Three PQIs are included with numerous health status and other measures. State-level IQI results are presented on a one-page poster, available online.PQIs 11, 4, 1+3+14 combined; IQIs (all)PQIs:
Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care AdministrationPeriodic reportOnline hospital comparison report.IQIs 1, 2, 4-9, 11, 12, 30, 31; PDIs 6, 7 BISHCA_HRC_compar_menu_2006.htm, last accessed September 2006.

Source: RAND analysis of environmental scan results.
Note: "Public reporting" was defined as a publicly available report that compares AHRQ QI results between hospitals or geographic areas such as counties. Not all of the public reports identified in this table are intended to influence consumers' choice of provider.
"One-time reports" are published comparisons that are not labeled as an ongoing activity.
"Periodic reports" are published comparisons, updated periodically, that are in static format (e.g., documents available as .pdf files online).
"Interactive tools" are online comparisons that allow users to create customized reports (e.g., selection of providers or indicators of interest).

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Internet Citation: Table 3.4. Users of the AHRQ Qis: Evaluation of the Use of AHRQ and Other Quality Indicators. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.