24 Sep WHA: Wisconsin Ranks Among Top U.S. States for Health Care Access and Patient Safety
Today, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) issued its State Snapshots ranking, naming Wisconsin fourth in
the nation for highest overall health care quality among all 50 states – and Wisconsin ranks first in the Midwest. AHRQ’s State
Snapshots web tool helps state health leaders, researchers, consumers, and others understand the status of health care quality in
states, including each state’s strengths.
The AHRQ uses more than 120 statistical measures to evaluate health care performance across care settings, including access to care
and patient safety. AHRQ began issuing its State Snapshots in 2006, and Wisconsin has consistently ranked in the top four states in 10
of 12 years (AHRQ did not issue a report in 2012) – and was ranked first in the nation in 2006, 2008, and 2017. Wisconsin was ranked
second in the U.S. in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2015.
“Providers, administrators, patients, and families are working together in effective partnerships, across care settings locally and
regionally – and that shows,” said WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding. “Wisconsin is a national leader and is known for its highquality,
high-value health care. These rankings reflect not only outstanding performance today, but more importantly, a trend spanning
over a decade demonstrating a sustained commitment to affordable, accessible, quality health care that our members deliver each and
every day.” Click here to read the full Wisconsin Hospital Association article.