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AHRQ's 2008 State Snapshots shows variance in states performance in providing quality healthcare

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) annual release of State-by-State quality data continues to give States mixed reviews for the quality of care they provide. As in previous years, AHRQ’s 2008 State Snapshots show that no State does well or poorly on all quality measures.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is also releasing State-by-State reports on the health care status quo. The reports are available at

The 2008 State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement. The State-level information used to create the State Snapshots is drawn from the 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report, which was released in May.

AHRQ’s annual State Snapshots are based on data drawn from more than 30 sources, including government surveys, health care facilities and health care organizations. To access this year’s State Snapshots tool, go to:

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