Today, ACHP released a new compilation of research that discusses the substantial variations in health care quality that exist in the United States and the approaches offered by the Institute of Medicine to address the quality shortfall.
This third installment in ACHP’s Key Issues in National Health Care Policy series, Health Care Quality and Variations in Care, indicates that:
- Patients receive recommended care only about half of the time
- There are substantial disparities in care among racial and ethnic groups
- There is substantial variation in performance among health plans and physician practices
- The quality problem leads to thousands of preventable patient deaths and billions of wasted dollars each year.
ACHP is a leadership organization that brings together innovative health plans and provider organizations that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate to identify problems, share information and work toward solutions to some of health care’s biggest challenges. Their work is the foundation for ACHP’s advocacy on behalf of better health care nationally. More information is available at www.achp.org.