The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)'s programs offer practical information to help a variety of health care organizations, providers, and others make care safer in all health care settings.
The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report presents trends for measures related to access to care, affordable care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living, patient safety, and person-centered care. The report presents, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to healthcare, as well as disparities related to race and ethnicity, income, and other social determinants of health.
AHRQ's Safety Program for Nursing Homes: On-Time Prevention designed to improve long-term care by turning daily documentation into useful information that enhances clinical care planning. On-Time uses electronic medical records to develop weekly reports that identify residents at risk of common adverse events in nursing homes to help clinical staff intervene early.
AHRQ offers free resources that care providers can use with their teams and share with their patients.
The AHRQ Patient Safety Network is a national Web-based resource featuring the news and resources on patient safety. AHRQ PSNet also hosts all previous AHRQ WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) content, including Cases and Commentaries as well as Perspectives on Safety.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 authorizes AHRQ to list or designate entities as PSOs that attest to having expertise in identifying the causes of, and interventions to reduce the risk of, threats to the quality and safety of patient care. The primary activity of an entity or component organization seeking to be listed as a PSO must be to conduct activities to improve patient safety and health care quality.
The patient-centered medical home is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care. This website features evidence, examples, and lessons learned from primary care practices that have transformed their approach to organizing and delivering care. Policymakers, researchers, practices, and practice facilitators can access evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.
PCOR compares the impact of two or more preventive, diagnostic, treatment, or health care delivery approaches on health outcomes, including those that are meaningful to patients. Congress instructed AHRQ to invest in four specific activities: Disseminate findings from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and Government-funded entities that sponsor research on comparative clinical effectiveness, develop a publicly available resource that collects government-funded evidence and research from public, private, not-for-profit, and academic sources, support the incorporation of research findings into health information technologies associated with clinical decision support, and award training grants to develop the skills of researchers to build capacity for future comparative effectiveness research.
The AHRQ-CMS Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) is a central component to the overall HHS strategy for implementing the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), to support State Medicaid/CHIP agencies in collecting and reporting on a core set of standardized child health quality measures (“Initial Core Set” now called the “Child Core Set”) in alignment with other quality measures collected by states, health plans, and providers.
AHRQ Safety Program for Perinatal Care-I aims to improve the patient safety culture of labor and delivery (L&D) units and decrease maternal and neonatal adverse events resulting from poor communication and system failures. AHRQ Safety Program for Perinatal Care-II provides resources that align the first toolkit’s adaptive care processes with the clinical care processes recommended in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program. The new tools are designed to help L&D units reduce obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension in pregnancy, two leading known causes of preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States.
This page has links to quality improvement measurement, tools, and information, including All-Payer Claims Databases and the AHRQ Quality and Safety Review System, ambulatory clinical performance measures, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, and TalkingQuality.