The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) chartbooks are a family of documents and tools that report trends across measures of quality and disparities covering a broad array of health care services and settings. Each of the chartbooks report directly on progress made across one of the six National Quality Strategy (NQS) priorities. In coordination with the chartbook releases, the National Quality Strategy publishes a series of Priorities in Action highlighting promising practices used by innovative organizations and programs that are improving care in areas described by the correlating chartbooks.
This month, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released the Chartbook on Care Coordination, which highlights a summary of trends across measures of Care Coordination from the QDR. In conjunction with this release, the NQS published a Priority in Action featuring the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, which has been working to integrate health care and housing services for people who are homeless based on the principle that safe housing is required to effectively manage the related mental illnesses, substance abuse disorders, and multiple chronic medical conditions of individuals who are homeless. As a result of its work, the health status of individuals served by the Coalition improved while saving $31,545 on average per participant over 2 years.*
If you would like to share examples of ways that you and your organization are making efforts to align to the NQS aims, priorities, and levers, email us at NQStrategy@ahrq.hhs.gov.
The National Quality Strategy is backed by the data published annually by the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR), an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality publication. The QDR reports on opportunities for improving health care quality and reducing health care disparities according to each of the six NQS priorities as well as access to care. The data in the Quality and Disparities Report present areas for improvement within the context of the six NQS priorities, focusing stakeholder attention where the greatest potential benefit can be achieved.
*Perlman, J. and Parvensky, J. (2006). Cost Benefit Analysis and Program Outcomes Report, Denver Housing First Collaborative. Available at http://www.coloradocoalition.