AHRQ Chartbook Examines Care Coordination Trends
Care coordination is one of the six priorities of the National Quality Strategy. Improving care coordination by providing smooth transitions and exchanging information among providers reduces patient burden to navigate the health care system.
Only a few Care Coordination measures could be tracked over time, but these limited findings showed improvement. For example:
- From 2005 to 2012, the percentage of adult heart failure patients who left the hospital with complete discharge instructions increased from 57.4% to 93.5%.
- The percentage of people with a usual source of care whose health provider usually asked about prescription medications and treatments from other doctors improved from 75.1% in 2002 to 82.7% in 2011.
- In 2012, 37.2% of hospitals exchanged information with ambulatory providers outside their system, up from 28.2% in 2009
These are findings from AHRQ’s newly released Chartbook on Care Coordination a product from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.
To access the Chartbook on Care Coordination, select: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/
findings/nhqrdr/ 2014chartbooks/ carecoordination/index.html.
To access the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, including other chartbooks, select:http://www.ahrq.gov/research/
To access AHRQ resources on care coordination, select: http://pcmh.ahrq.gov/page/