The latest federal National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is not flattering for Connecticut. Across 159 measures of quality, Connecticut was above the US average on 39, below average on 38, and average for the remaining 82. In worse news, we aren’t getting any better. Compared with baseline years for each measure (which varies), we improved on just 13, got worse on 39, and 102 didn’t change.
Our strongest areas are in the health of nursing home and home health care patients. Our weakest involve the quality of care for opioid-related hospital stays, senior admissions for vaccine-preventable flu, opioid-related ED visits, opioid overdoses, and overdose deaths.
We can do better.