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Wisconsin slips in health care quality ranking

Wisconsin has consistently ranked first or second in health care quality since a federal agency began tracking states’ performance. This year, the state wasn’t in the top five. The quality of care in Wisconsin hasn’t suddenly gotten worse – the state ranked seventh in the country. Its overall score was only slightly lower than states among the top five. But the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, which compiles the annual snapshots, has added and refined the measures used to gauge performance each year. And Wisconsin’s drop in the rankings raises the question whether other states are improving at a faster rate. (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL)

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