Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Releases 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released their 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. The report uses more than 250 measures of quality and disparities and covers a broad array of health care services and settings.

In the report, researchers found “the largest disparities were observed in some preventable emergency department visits,” including “visits for asthma for poor children (1,515 per 100,000 population) and adults (923 per 100,000 population) compared with high-income children (529 per 100,000 population) and adults (310 per 100,000 population).” In addition, they found that “trends in these disparities also show worsening over time.”

The full report is available online here.

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