AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Health Research and Quality is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection for a project to identify and test strategies for the management of opioid use and misuse in older adults in primary care settings. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 31, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Patient monitoring systems for sepsis - mixed results on patient outcomes
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Automated patient monitoring systems (PMSs) have been designed to reduce delays in diagnosis of sepsis in hospitalized patients. But so far, studies evaluating these systems have shown inconsistent effects on mortality rates and other patient outcomes, according to an evidence review in a special September supplement to the Journal of Patient Safety, which was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has extended the comment period for an information collection project for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) - Household Component, Social and Health Experiences Self-Administered Questionnaire. The survey is used to measure the use of, and expenditures for, health care, sources of payment for that health care, insurance status, employment, health status and health care quality. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comment on a proposed information collection project to develop, implement, disseminate, and evaluate clinical decision support tools for the management of chronic pain. The goal of the program is to reduce opioid doses for patients at risk of harm from opioids. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's accomplishments in Research, Practice Improvements and Data and Analytics, an update on AHRQ and COVID-19, and a presentation on Improving Health Services Research Across the Federal Enterprise. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 6, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period for submissions of innovative approaches to managing opioid medications for chronic pain in older adults. AHRQ will use the information for planning purposes and does not intend to comment on responses. Submissions are now due by August 30, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 1, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Health Research and Quality is seeking comment on a proposed information collection for a project to identify and test strategies for the management of opioid use and misuse in older adults in primary care settings. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Traumatic brain injury hospital stays are longer, more costly - Rubin R.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) was diagnosed in more than 1 million US inpatient stays and emergency department (ED) visits in 2017, a recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report estimated. The authors used data from the 2017 National... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

AHRQ Announces New Challenge Competition Focusing on Postpartum Mental Health Care for Rural Families
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a challenge competition to highlight local innovations to improve postpartum mental healthcare for rural Americans. AHRQ will award five success stories and two new program proposals for a total of $175,000. Submissions are due in September 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 19, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS to Award $5 Million for Health Services Research Related to COVID-19
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will award $5 million to support studies that help understand the ways in which our health systems were impacted by COVID-19. The deadline for submitting applications is June 15, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - May 14, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has requested reapproval of the proposed information collection project for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) - Household Component, Social and Health Experiences Self-Administered Questionnaire. The survey is used to measure the use of, and expenditures for, health care, sources of payment for that health care, insurance status, employment, health status and health care quality. Comments on the proposed information collection are due within 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Members
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality to serve 3-year terms beginning in the spring of 2021. At least one member of the committee must be familiar with rural health issues. The committee advises the AHRQ director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services in regards to AHRQ's mission. Nominations are due within 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 4, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Safety of Older Adults
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (AHRQ). Published: 4/21/2020. This Patient Safety Network web page provides guidance about the safety of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, and discusses Background; Patient Safety Problems; COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nursing Homes; and Professional Organization Resources. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has extended the comment period for an information collection for the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey Database. Data collected through the survey provides comparative data for health plan ratings, health plan accreditation, and quality improvement. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Fall prevention implementation strategies in use at 60 United States hospitals: a descriptive study - Turner K, Staggs V, Potter C, Cramer E, Shorr R, Mion LC.
BACKGROUND: To guide fall prevention efforts, United States organisations, such as the Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, have recommended organisational-level implementation strategies: leadership support, interdisciplina... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Falls Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality has changed its March 26, 2020 public meeting from in-person to virtual participation only. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) accomplishments and budget, as well as a discussion about 21st Century Care, the digital healthcare research agenda, and synthetic data. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Request
Request for information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding innovative approaches to managing opioid medications for chronic pain in older adults. AHRQ will use the information for planning purposes and does not intend to comment on responses. Submissions are due by April 25, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ Issues Guide for Improving Long-term Opioid Management
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new guide for primary care clinics that aims to improve management of patients with chronic pain who are on long-term opioid therapy. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - March 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on March 26, 2020. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) accomplishments and budget, as well as a discussion about 21st Century Care, the digital healthcare research agenda, and synthetic data. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Prehospital Airway Management: A Systematic Review
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (AHRQ). Published: 2/19/2020. The purpose of this systematic review is to identify and synthesize the evidence available to support the development of evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for prehospital airway management. It considers how the benefits and harms of different methods may differ across these factors: patient characteristics (e.g., demographics, type and severity of illness or injury, and the patient location/environment); the techniques and devices used for each airway management approach; and the char...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH Slated for 7 percent Budget Cut
The President has proposed a $38.7 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year (FY) 2021. This translates to a $3 billion or 7 percent cut in the agency’s funding compared to FY 2020. The NIH budget request includes a $50 million initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a better understanding of the causes of chronic diseases and to identify early treatments. This plan is in line with the Administration’s “Industries of the Future” effort, which supports using and developing AI across sectors. The budget would provide $50 million for the Childhood Cancer ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 18, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking public comment on an information collection for the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey Database. Data collected through the survey provides comparative data for health plan ratings, health plan accreditation, and quality improvement. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

In memoriam: Stuart Schweitzer, 80, internationally renowned health economist
Stuart Schweitzer, longtime professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, died of cancer Jan. 5. He was 80.Schweitzer taught at UCLA beginning in 1976, when he became the first faculty member in the public health school who had formal economics training. Forty-two years later, he retired, having served in a variety of leadership positions, including division and department chair and vice chair. He was esteemed for his genuine care about his students ’ well-being and was an exceptionally kind mentor.Esteemed across the globe for his scholarship in the field of health economics...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 24, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

AHRQ: Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Treatments for Acute Pain: A Systematic Review
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking published and unpublished scientific information submissions to inform their review onTreatments for Acute Pain: A Systematic Review. Submissions are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include public health, health equity and the reduction of health disparities, application of science to health policy, dissemination and implementation, behavioral medicine, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. Nominations of individuals clinical expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology will receive the strongest consideration. Nominations are due by March 15th. (Source: Federal Register...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Cochrane US Network's first in-person meeting - Dec 2019
Cochrane US Network convened for their first in-person meeting on 10 – 11 December 2019 in Philadelphia, hosted by American College of Physicians, an affiliate center.  The meeting was well attended, with delegates representing 17 of the 21 member groups that comprise the US Network. This convening served as an opportunity for sharing information, networking, and discussing governance and strategic priorities for the US Network. US Network work groups reported on their activities and proposed priorities. Initial areas of work have involved:Developing an evidence package and dissemination strategy for a sele...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

AHRQ: Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Management of High-Need, High-Cost (HNHC) Patients: A Realist and Systematic Review
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking published and unpublished scientific information submissions to inform their review on theManagement of High-Need, High-Cost Patients: A Realist and Systematic Review. Thefull review protocol is available for review on the AHRQ website. Submissions are due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 16, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Drug Safety Oversight Board
The DSB is composed of representatives from two FDA Centers and eight other federal government agencies, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Defense (DOD), Health Reso (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - December 5, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Kent State researcher receives grant to design safer, more efficient level I trauma rooms
(Kent State University) Traumatic injuries are the third leading cause of death nationally and the first in Americans age 44 and younger. Level I trauma rooms are intended to stabilize and save the lives of patients with the most severe traumatic injuries. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a $2.47 million grant to a Kent State University researcher to help create trauma rooms that support staff in saving patients' lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on November 21, 2019. Agenda items include an update on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) budget, programs, and initiatives, as well as a discussion of challenges and opportunities to leverage AHRQ's Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Connect project to improve care, and a discussion focusing on social determinants of health and related opportunities to improve care. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has extended the comment period for the reapproval request for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Insurance Component information collection. The survey is used to measure the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored health insurance and will provide statistics at the national, state, and sub-state (metropolitan area) level for private industry. Comments are due within 30 days of t his notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Acute Care Hospital Toolkit
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (AHRQ). Published: 11/2019. This toolkit to improve antibiotic use in acute care hospitals provides components that include an explanation of the Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making and how to apply them in practice. It also includes presentations and tools to support implementation of the Four Moments and improve antibiotic prescribing encompassing three critical areas: Developing and improving an antibiotic stewardship program; creating a culture of safety around antibiotic prescribing in a hospital; and learning and...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing on New Patient Safety Professor
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - October 29, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the availability of new Common Formats for Nursing Homes Version 1.0 for review and comment. The common formats are intended to standardize the collection of patient safety information so that it is comparable across local, regional, and national levels. AHRQ seeks ongoing public input and there is no deadline for comments. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 11, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Vitamins for Depression
In trying to cope with the debilitating symptoms of depression, people often turn to vitamins, supplements, herbs, or home remedies first. And it’s no wonder — such efforts to alleviate symptoms are often far less expensive and easier to obtain. For some, it may be a part of their rationalization that their depression “isn’t all that bad,” if it can be treated with vitamins and supplements. Many people find relief in taking vitamins and supplements for depression. It is also one of the most well-researched topics, so we know what the science has to say about the efficacy of such treatments. Bu...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Depression Diet & Nutrition General Medications Miscellaneous Drugs supplements for depression vitamins for depression Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has requested reapproval of the proposed information collection project for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Insurance Component. The survey is used to measure the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored health insurance and will provide statistics at the national, atate, and sub-State (metropolitan area) level for private industry. Comments on the proposed information collection are due wit hin 60 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ Recruiting Clinics for Antibiotic Stewardship Program
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is recruiting 250-500 pediatric/adult ambulatory care clinics to participate in a free, 12-month antibiotic stewardship program. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 2, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) extending the comment period for a proposed information collection that seeks to validate and expand the Six Building Blocks to Safer Opioid Management (6BBs) Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support safer opioid prescribing for primary care providers and the evaluation will address barriers and facilitators of its implementation and effectiveness, including whether specific organization types benefit more from using the toolkit, such as rural clinics. Comments are now due 30 days after publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 29, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality will hold an open meeting on July 24, 2019. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's budget, programs, and initiatives, as well as a discussion of AHRQ's strategic goals related to caring for people with multiple chronic conditions, data and analytics, and diagnostic error. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) extends the comment period for a previously published notice seeking comments on proposed changes to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component and the MEPS Medical Provider Component. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 11, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a 30 day extension of the information collection entitled "Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology (DOSE)". DOSE would provide information on emergency department (ED) visits related to suspected opioid, heroin, stimulant, and other drug overdoses and standardize related CDC case definitions. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a 30 day extension of the information collection for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Survey Database. The database will allow states to compare Medicaid programs targeting adults with disabilities receiving long-term care services. Comments are due within 30 days of publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 5, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

WVU researcher studies how nursing homes can accommodate obese residents
(West Virginia University) West Virginia University researcher Nicholas Castle is part of a team investigating how nursing homes can best meet obese residents' healthcare needs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality -- a division of the Department of Health and Human Services -- has awarded them nearly $2 million for the project. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (AHRQ). Published: 7/2019. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created this AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices across acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory care facilities across the United States. This web page provides prog...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the availability of Common Formats for Surveillance —Hospital Version 0.3 Beta for review and comment. The common formats are intended to standardize the collection of patient safety information so that it is comparable across local, regional, and national levels. AHRQ previously released common formats for acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and community pharmacies. There is no deadline for comments; AHRQ seeks ongoing public input. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 27, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is extending the comment period on potential revisions to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Health Plan Survey 5.0. The survey evaluates topics important to consumers, such as access to healthcare services and communication with providers. Comments are now due June 28, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality: Request for Nominations for Members
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. At least one member of the committee must be familiar with rural health issues. The committee advises the AHRQ director and the Secretary of Health and Human Services in regards to AHRQ's mission. Nominations are due in 60 days from publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 12, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Request for information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding potential revisions to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Health Plan Survey (CAHPS), which addresses access to healthcare services among other areas. AHRQ would like feedback on current uses of the survey, what should stay the same, what should be added, and more. Comments are due June 13, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 14, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

For-profit dialysis provider charges private insurers four times more than government payers
This study corroborates these findings in the dialysis market and could lead to policies that reduce the prices paid, in particular by private insurers.AUTHORSThe authors are Dr. Christopher Childers, Dr. Jill Dworsky and Dr. Melinda Maggard-Gibbons of the department of surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and Gerald Kominski of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.JOURNALThestudy is published in JAMA Internal Medicine.FUNDINGThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Department of Health and Human Services funded this study. (Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences)
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 14, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regarding proposed updates to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component. The changes include adding a questionnaire about mental health, conducting a pilot study on response rate, and collecting a health insurance cost-sharing document. MEPS-HC collects data on healthcare access and barriers to care, among other factors. Comments are due July 1, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news