The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ's priority populations, individuals with...
This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals. It also provides information about health insurance plans and pricing to protect against medical debt and underinsurance through policy change, public education, and legal assistance.
The Web site includes shared stories, an insurance calculator, and information in Spanish.
This operational handbook for safety-net medical homes describes the experience of Doctors Care, a community-funded, nonprofit organization that helps underserved children, adults, and families receive the medical attention they need. The handbook can help program managers maximize health care for the uninsured without overwhelming participating doctors, while also managing patient expectations.
It is organized into the following sections:
- Doctors Care History:...
This Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (known as the MAC Collaboratives) online toolbox, for use by collaboratives, partners, and stakeholders, provides practical tools and resources to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations. The toolbox, updated regularly, helps guide states through policy options, model business practices, sample contract language, requests for information draft language, and relevant background resources.
The Health Reform Toolkit Series provides an indepth look at Massachusetts’ experience implementing State-based health reform and provides timely insight for others nationwide. The toolkits are designed to share experiences, materials, templates, and lessons learned from the state’s planning and creation of its exchange with other states as they begin health care reform implementation.
The five-part series includes toolkits on: building an effective exchange Web site,...
This legislative toolkit, from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), can assist State policymakers with the design of health insurance exchanges, a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was developed by a panel of experts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives and builds on the model law released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
The toolkit includes legislative language with alternatives and...
This Web site is the online version of the Women’s Wellness Guide, a kiosk resource that provides critical health care information to women. The guide covers 19 different topics on diseases and conditions common in women and includes a resource page for free or reduced insurance options.
Each topic covers:
- Disease signs and symptoms: What to look for
- Disease prevention: What you can do to stay healthy
- Questions to ask your doctor or health care provider...
This toolkit provides health insurance plans and health care organizations with the building blocks to create change and improve quality of care by increasing the knowledge about the issues surrounding data collection on race and ethnicity and the potential impact for identifying disparities and measuring quality improvement.
Toolkit components include:
- Why collect data on race, ethnicity, and primary language? A rationale for and importance of collecting these data...
The Medicaid Care Management Guide helps States design, implement, and evaluate care management programs for the chronically ill. The guide addresses five stages of care management program development, supplemented by three key topics that should be considered at every development stage.
The guide includes information on the following topics:
- Planning a care management program
- Engaging stakeholders in a care management program
- Selecting and...
This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.
The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...