The Compendium of U.S. Health Systems for 2018 has been released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Comparative Health System Performance Initiative. The Compendium is the first publicly available database that captures information about health systems in the United States and tracks changes over time. Stakeholders can use these data to better understand how health systems promote evidence-based practices and patient-centered care.
A blog post in Health Affairs provides a first look at insights about health systems in 2018 made possible by the Compendium. “Working with our partners at AHRQ, we are pleased to produce the 2018 Compendium, which describes the diversity of the 637 health systems in the U.S.,” said Eugene Rich, project director and senior fellow at Mathematica. “While many systems have a local community orientation, some large health systems are prominent in many different states. This new resource can help researchers and policy makers better understand how these diverse systems influence the local cost, quality, and access to care.”
Mathematica partnered with AHRQ to create the Compendium of U.S. Health Systems and related data files that link health systems to affiliated hospitals and physician group practices. Check out AHRQ’s Comparative Health System Performance Initiative to access these data resources and new findings from its Centers of Excellence.