The AHRQ Hospital QI Toolkit is designed to help your hospital understand the AHRQ QIs, specifically the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) and Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs).
The tools are organized by the six quality improvement process steps, followed by a resources section:
Fact sheets on the QIs, a board presentation template, a survey to self-assess readiness to change, and case studies of QI Toolkit users.
Software instructions to calculate the QI rates and tips for coding and documentation.
Prioritization worksheet, with example, and a presentation template aimed at engaging staff in the improvement process.
25 indicator-specific best practices, a project charter, a gap analysis, and an implementation plan.
Guide to support staff in tracking trends and monitoring progress for sustainable improvement.
Step-by-step method for calculating the return on investment for an intervention implemented to improve performance on an AHRQ QI, and a case study of return on investment calculated by a hospital.
Annotated list of related quality improvement guides and tools.
The toolkit has undergone a field test, evaluation, and revisions in response to feedback from six hospitals. In 2016, AHRQ updated the toolkit to include:
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.
NOTE: 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.