AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care


AHRQ Hospital QI Toolkit

The AHRQ Hospital QI toolkit is designed to help your hospital understand the Quality Indicators (QI) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and support your use of them to successfully improve quality and patient safety in your hospital. The toolkit is a general guide to using improvement methods, with a particular focus on the QI. It focuses on the 17 Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) and the 28 Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQI). Tools are organized in seven sections following a complete improvement process that includes setting priorities and plan for performance improvements on the QI, implementing improvement strategies, and sustaining improvements achieved. The toolkit has undergone a field test, evaluation, and revisions in response to feedback from six hospitals.

The toolkit can be found here.

MapIT Automated In-house Stand-alone Mapping Tool

The AHRQ MapIT toolkit takes a selected set of ICD-9 codes, applies the CMS General Equivalence Mapping in various ways, then outputs the set of related ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes. The tool applies the GEM in a two-stage process using both the forward and backward maps in conjunction with a novel reverse mapping.

Download and install the MapIT tool to facilitate conversion of set names to ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Using CMS GEMs and technical specifications, the mapping tool utilizes forward, backward, and reverse mapping methods.

MapIT Users Guide FY2018 (PDF file, 1MB) (Posted: 3/26/2018) New!
MapIT Tool (ZIP file, 53.2 MB) (Posted: 3/26/2018) New!
MapIT Tool documentation: Conversion of ICD9 to ICD10 (PDF file, 99KB)

Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us by email at QIsupport@ahrq.hhs.gov.

The support email for users of the AHRQ QI Toolkits is QIsupport@ahrq.hhs.gov. AHRQ Quality Indicators support can also be reached by phone in the USA. The support voice mail is (301) 427-1949. Messages are responded to within three business days.