Benchmarking/comparative data

QualityTools

Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives 08/26/10

This guide is intended to be used by community quality collaboratives who are interested in evaluating quality of care and resource use measures. The guide answers 26 questions for collaboratives that are striving to improve the quality of health care in their communities.

The questions are grouped into five parts:

  • Introduction to performance data
  • Introduction to measures of quality
  • Introduction to resource use/efficiency measures
  • ...
HealthCare.gov 07/19/10

HealthCare.gov is a Federal Government Web site that is designed to provide health care consumers with comprehensive information regarding health insurance options and programs, health care quality, and prevention of illness and disease. The site provides information tailored for individuals, families with children, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults, and employers.

In particular, the site helps consumers:

  • Explore insurance coverage options by State...
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 03/17/10

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System is a national survey of six areas of health risk behavior among youth and young adults. The priority areas are:

  1. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  2. Tobacco use
  3. Alcohol and other drug use
  4. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus infection
  5. Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  6. Physical...
Quality Improvement Savings Tracker Worksheet 03/17/10

This worksheet can be used by health care organizations to track cost savings associated with waste reduction efforts and to adjust for annual changes. The tool enables organizations to compare expenses in the area of interest to expenses incurred the year prior and adjust for wage increases and productivity/volume changes. Organizations can then use the worksheet to track any investments made with the savings accrued.

Free registration is required.

Transparency Health Care Prices in Virginia 11/23/09

These reports offer information for consumers on the health care costs of various services provided by doctors, emergency rooms, hospitals, diagnostic centers, and surgical centers. The reports show the average dollar amount health insurance companies allow for 31 health care services. Patients can use this information to compare prices before they get care.

The guide includes reports in the following areas:

  • Preventive health
  • Emergency room visits
  • ...
AGing Integrated Database (AGID) 07/20/09

The AGing Integrated Database (AGID) is an online query system that provides dynamic access to Administration on Aging (AoA)-related program performance results, surveys, and other data files.

The system allows users to produce customized tables and output the results in print or spreadsheet form using information from:

  • AoA databases:
    • State Program Reports (SPRs)
    • National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS)
    • National Surveys of Older Americans Act...
Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 06/07/09

In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the United States and internationally have implemented the survey.

In response to requests from hospitals interested in comparing their safety culture survey results to other hospitals, AHRQ funded the development of a comparative...

Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Resources 04/28/09

This database for hospitals tracks and identifies incidents of prehospital cardiac arrest. The program consolidates all essential data elements of a prehospital cardiac arrest event in an efficient manner. With this standardized collection system, participants can track emergency care system performance in several, tailored reports.

The resources included on the Web site can help interested hospitals initiate the program in their community. They include:
  • CARES emergency medical...
NICHD Neonatal Research Network: Extremely Preterm Birth Outcome Data 09/16/08

This Web site for the Neonatal Research Network is intended to better inform health care providers and families about possible outcomes for extremely preterm infants based on standardized assessments. It is not intended to be the only information that care decisions are based on, nor is it intended to be a definitive means of predicting infant outcomes. Users should keep in mind that every infant is an individual, and that factors beyond those used to formulate these standardized assessments...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health-Related Quality-of-Life 14-Item Measure 09/16/08

This questionnaire measures an individual's or population's health-related quality of life. Physicians can use this to measure the effects of chronic illness in their patients to better understand how an illness interferes with a person's day-to-day life. It can also help public health providers identify subgroups with poor physical or mental health, and can help guide policies or interventions to improve their health.

The questionnaire includes the standard 4-item set of “...

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