Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

“2010 State Snapshots http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov

States are seeing improvements in health care quality, but disparities for their minority and low-income residents persist, according to the 2010 State Snapshots, released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

New Hampshire, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island showed the greatest overall performance improvement in 2010. The five states with the smallest overall performance improvement were Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. As in previous years, AHRQ’s 2010 State Snapshots show that no state does well or poorly on all quality measures.

Among minority and low-income Americans, the level of health care quality and access to services remained unfavorable. The size of disparities related to race and income varied widely across the states.”

[AHRQ Press Release http://1.usa.gov/kjuoBe]

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