From the press release:
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s annual release of state-by-state quality data has been expanded to include new data on health insurance, including data on health care quality categorized by source of payment, including private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and those without insurance.
The new health insurance section allows users to compare payer-specific quality rates as well as differences among payers. For example, a state can compare the quality of care received by Medicaid or uninsured patients with that received by these same patients nationally. In addition, a state can assess whether its insurance-related disparities are larger or smaller compared with the nation as a whole.
The 2009 State Snapshots provide state-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement. State-level information used to create the State Snapshots is based on data collected for the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report. Overall, states get mixed reviews for the quality of care they provide. As in previous years, AHRQ’s 2009 State Snapshots show that no state does well or poorly on all quality measures.