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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking published and unpublished scientific information submissions to inform their review onTreatments for Acute Pain: A Systematic Review.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

Vanderbilt University to develop and test 'safe harbor' standards of care
(Vanderbilt University) A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University's schools of law, medicine and management has received a five-year research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and test 'safe harbor' standards of care based on scientific evidence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Eliminating routine but low-value preoperative tests for cataract surgery patients associated with cost savings
FINDINGSUCLA researchers found that eliminating routine but unnecessary procedures before people undergo cataract surgery has the potential to save costs and resources for hospitals serving lower-income patients.Forgoing routine chest x-rays, electrocardiograms and other preoperative procedures — which studies have found to have no clinical benefit prior to cataract surgery — was associated with a savings of $67,241 over three years at one of the medical centers analyzed in the study. The change was also associated with other benefits – for instance, one licensed vocational nurse had approximately 70 perc...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 16, 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 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 due June 11, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 12, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces an online meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality on April 11, 2019. The agenda includes an update on the Director's vision for AHRQ, a presentation of AHRQ's accomplishments, and an update of the budget. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 3, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) revises and extends the information collection "The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use." The program intends to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions and help facilities implement antibiotic stewardship programs. It has been implemented in 400 acute care hospitals and is being implemented in 500 long-term care facilities; the 4th cohort will include 250-500 ambulatory care facilities. The extension will continue program activities and data collection through March 30, 2021. Comments are due May 31, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates vi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ seeks new members for USPSTF
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting nominations...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Will new USPSTF review lead to CT colonography payment? USPSTF finalizes research plan for CT lung screening House committee further delays USPSTF mammo recommendations AHRQ solicits nominations for new USPSTF members AHRQ summary offers 3 strategies for CIN prevention (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 26, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

The relationship between culture of safety and rate of adverse events in long-term care facilities - Abusalem S, Polivka B, Coty MB, Crawford TN, Furman CD, Alaradi M.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the relationship of culture of safety dimensions and the rate of unanticipated care outcomes in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality framework of resident safet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

President Slashes NIH Funding by 13 percent
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive $34.4 billion in FY 2020, roughly $4.7 billion or 13 percent below the levels enacted by Congress for FY 2019, according to the President’s Budget released on March 11. The budget for NIH includes $492 million in funding made available through the 21st Century Cures Act and $150 million in mandatory funding. The leading biomedical research agency in the world would receive budget cuts across the board. All NIH centers are slated for budget reductions: National Cancer Institute: -8.7 percent National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: -14 percent National Inst...
Source: Public Policy Reports - March 19, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of a proposed information collection, "Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (Child HCAHPS) Survey Database." The Child HCAHPS survey compliments the Adult Hospital CAHPS Survey and evaluates the inpatient care experiences of patients under age 18 and their parents or guardians. The Child HCAHPS Survey Database will allow hospitals to access and use the data for quality improvement and research efforts. Comments are due April 18, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 19, 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 proposed information collection, "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 May 20, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 19, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ launches app to help patients preplan questions for doctors
The new app, called Question Builder, lets consumers input their health information and then brings up potential questions for them to ask their doctors.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Study finds a lack of adequate hydration among the elderly
In this study, African-American participants had a salivary osmolality significantly lower than Caucasian participants, which would indicate less severe hydration problems, not more. Further research on hydration among African-Americans will be necessary to better understand these results.Other study colleagues include Michelle Devost, with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Karabi Nandy, with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, both formerly at UCLA. (Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences)
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 6, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in adults is effective and safe
This study demonstrates that surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis is very safe. As people contemplate their choices for managing appendicitis — antibiotics or surgery — these data can help ensure they make a fully informed choice. AUTHORSDr. Christopher Childers, Dr. Jill Dworsky, Dr. Melinda Maggard-Gibbons and Dr. Marcia Russell of UCLA. Russell is also with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.JOURNALThe peer-reviewed journal Surgerypublished the study.FUNDINGThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded Childers. (Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences)
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 26, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

AHRQ: Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include behavioral medicine, health equity, public health, application of science to health policy, and communicating scientific findings to multiple audiences. Nominations of members of minority populations, people with disabilities, and women are encouraged. Nominations are due May 15th. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 19, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ Guideline Clearinghouse Continues... Under New Management
(MedPage Today) -- ECRI takes up AHRQ's mantle, but is basically starting from scratch (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - December 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Blast off! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is getting into Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Explore DNA and family history, make stardust, discover astronaut food, and more with our science programs for kids, teens, and adults. Check out the NNLM Summer Reading Manual for program guides created in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program. National Safe Toys and Giving Month: Decembe...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Milliner as one of the panelists for the ALSC webinar: Leadership in Youth Services Part 2: Leadership in Action on December 11 at 2:00 PM ET. Working with children in a library setting provides vast opportunities to create and hone leadership skills if you know where to find them. By cultivating these skills in yourselves and others, you will elevate your profession and your community by creating and implementing beneficial programs and services. This webinar wi...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - December 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Einstein Receives $172 Million in NIH Funding in Fiscal Year 2018
November 30, 2018—BRONX, NY—Capping off another successful research year,faculty members at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore, received $172 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in federal fiscal year 2018. (Einstein also received an additional $5.4 million from select federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is administered through the NIH). Investigators will use the funding to pursue a wide range of basic, translational and clinical research and training projects, including projects ...
Source: Einstein News - November 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the availability ofCommon Formats for Surveillance —Hospital Version 0.2 Beta for patient safety and healthcare quality reporting. Comments are accepted on an ongoing basis. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 29, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse
The ECRI Institute has announced the launch of a new online resource that collects, evaluates and organizes clinical practice guidelines and other materials. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - November 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news