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AHRQ report finds hospital care quality improving

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The quality of hospital care is improving at an annual rate of almost 3%, according to the National Healthcare Quality Report 2008, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, writes AHA News. Hospitals continue to have the highest rate of quality improvement among the major health care delivery settings, with the four fastest improving measures all composites of Hospital Quality Alliance measures.

According to an associated report on health care disparities, also released, at least 60% of quality measures have not improved for minorities compared to whites in the past six years.

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