The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has established quality measures that are presented through its National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC).

The NQMC is the public repository for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. More information about this national measures clearing house may be obtained at: http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/

These quality measures address a variety of patient populations and are considered as indicators of good patient care processes. To learn more about AHRQ measures, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/

The objectives of the AHRQ Quality Indicators are to provide a tool to:

  • Highlight potential quality concerns
  • Identify areas that need further study and investigation
  • Track changes over time
  • Facilitate transparency through comparative information about the quality of healthcare
  • Facilitate decision-making
  • Maximize existing resources