Table 6

Organizations Using the AHRQ QIs for Public Reporting

Organization NameType of ReportDescriptionQIs used
AFSCME Council 3118One-time reportThe union published a report on quality at Resurrection Health Care hospitals after complaints about quality from workers.IQIs 15–20
California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development19Interactive 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 7
Chicago Department of Public Health20Periodic reportChicago runs a Web site providing a health profile, including PQIs, of community areas in the city.PQIs (all except 2, 9)
Colorado Health and Hospital Association21Periodic reportHospital reports are shared among hospitals and published on a Web site.IQIs 4–7, 12–20, 30, 31
Connecticut Office of Health Care Access22One-time reportDatabook on preventable hospitalizations.PQIs (all)
Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield23Interactive toolOnline hospital comparison tool for health plan members only.Unspecified (members only)
Exempla Hospital System24Periodic 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
Florida State Center for Health Statistics25Interactive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.PSIs 3, 6–8, 12, 13; IQIs 8–20, 32
Georgia Partnership for Health and Accountability26Periodic reportA periodic report on health in Georgia includes a chapter on avoidable hospitalizations.PQIs 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15
Massachusetts Dept. of Health and Human Services27Interactive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.IQIs 14, 16–21, 32–34
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services28Periodic 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 Care29Interactive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.IQIs 1–25
Norton Healthcare30Interactive 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 2–9, 11, 13
Ohio Department of Health31Periodic reportOnline comparison of avoidable hospitalizations by county.PQIs 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15
Oregon32,33Interactive toolOnline hospital comparison tool and a report on Oregon’s safety net by the Safety Net Advisory Council.IQIs 11, 12, 15–17, 19, 20, 30; PQIs 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15
Rhode Island34One-time reportReport on hospital procedure volumes. Future reports on IQIs and PSIs in preparation.IQIs 1–7
Texas Health Care Information Collection35Interactive toolOnline hospital comparison tool.IQIs 1–14, 16–20, 22–25, 30–33; PQIs (all)
The Alliance (Wisconsin)36Periodic 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
Utah Department of Public Health37, 38Periodic 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 4, 11, 1+3+14 combined; IQIs (all)
Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration39Periodic reportOnline hospital comparison report.IQIs 1, 2, 4–9, 11, 12, 30, 31; PDIs 6, 7

Note: Public reporting is defined as a publicly available report that compares AHRQ QI results between hospitals (IQIs and PSIs) or geographic areas such as counties (PQIs). No public reporting of the area-based IQIs or PSIs was identified. 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).

Source: Hussey PS, Mattke S, Morse L, et al. Evaluation of the Use of AHRQ and Other Quality Indicators. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Health; October 2006.

From: Chapter 45, AHRQ Quality Indicators

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