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AHRQ’s new 2010 Health Care Quality and Disparities reports find that our state is among the best in the overall quality of care we receive, however we lag behind the rest of New England in prevention and acute treatment and behind others for chronic disease management and health outcomes. Nationally, urban – rural disparities in access to care were greater than in quality of care. The report includes constructive highlights from successful initiatives that can be replicated in other communities including my favorites – patient and family engagement, overtreatment, and care coordination.
Ellen Andrews