Virginia Health Information (VHI) released the 2021 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QI) Report. AHRQ QIs are standardized, evidence-based measures of healthcare quality that can be used to measure and track clinical performance and key quality outcomes on Virginia hospital discharge patient level data (PLD).
All Virginia patient safety indicators (PSIs), inpatient quality indicators (IQIs) and patient quality indicators (PQIs) are based on 2019 Virginia PLD discharges. This year’s report includes over 21 area measures and 36 hospital-specific rates. All QI rates are risk-adjusted using AHRQ’s published methodology and are assigned a rating in comparison to statewide averages.
Some highlights from this year’s report include:
- Virginia Hospitals outperformed the national average in 78% of all measures (49)
- Results were mixed when compared to last year’s report with Virginia achieving a higher score in 54% of measures (34) and experiencing a lower score in 40% of measures (25)
- Overall, potentially avoidable admissions increased significantly less in Virginia (2.8%) compared to the national overall (8.8%)
Comparison of a wide variety of inpatient quality metrics by Virginia county, Health Planning Region or hospital are available.