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Second national scorecard on US health care system finds no overall improvement
Date:7/16/2008

althier, and more productive lives."

Methodology: In developing the scorecard, researchers used the Institute of Medicine's framework for quality of care and drew on indicators developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and other experts. The report also includes many new indicators developed for the scorecard, including efficiency indicators, and is the first to combine indicators for quality, access, efficiency, and equity in one scorecard. Indicators were selected based on areas of concern to the public and policymakers, where improvement could make a significant difference, and where data were available with potential for time trends. To score, the scorecard compares national average rates to performance of the top 10 percent of states, regions, hospitals, health plans, or other providers within the United States or top countries. Time trends typically capture two years and as many as five years for some indicators.

The Commission will use the scorecard to monitor change over time, issuing updates, in addition to policy reports, to identify public and private policies and practices that would lead to health system improvements.


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