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New Health Care Safety Net publication now available

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are leading a joint safety net monitoring initiative. The third and last product from the initiative, Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net—Book III: Tools for Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net (AHRQ Publication No. 03-0027), offers strategies and concrete tools for assessing local health care safety nets.

The information presented in this book can assist State and local health officials, planners, and analysts in assessing the capacity and viability of their existing safety net providers, and it can help them understand the characteristics and health outcomes for the populations served.

The previous two books from this initiative bring together 118 measures, largely from 1999, at the city, county, metropolitan, and State levels. The first book, Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net—Book I: A Data Book for Metropolitan Areas (AHRQ Publication No. 03-0025), presents data from 90 metropolitan areas in 30 States and the District of Columbia, including 354 counties and 171 cities. The second volume, Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net—Book II: A Data Book for States and Counties (AHRQ Publication No. 03-0026), presents data from all 1,818 counties in these States, including both metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties.

Select Safety Net Profile Tool to access the data and generate easy-to-use reports on the geographic areas covered in the first two data books.

All three books are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

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