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Meriter Hospital, part of UnityPoint Health-Meriter, is shown in Madison. Wisconsin has the best health care quality in the country, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Wisconsin has the best health care quality in the country, based on a ranking of 130 measures by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Wisconsin Hospital Association said Tuesday.

Wisconsin ranked third highest last year and has been out of the top three only twice in the past decade.

This year, the state’s strongest performance was in acute and chronic care, and patient safety. There is still work to be done related to health care equity, including care for both high and low income populations and ethnic minorities, the hospital association said.

In July, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration said Wisconsin’s critical access hospitals, rural hospitals with 25 beds or less, were the best in the nation.

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David Wahlberg is the health and medicine reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.