Research suggests ending eviction moratoriums led to spikes in COVID cases and deaths
Research by a UCLA-led team has determined that the number of COVID-19 cases and the   number of deaths from the disease both increased dramatically after states lifted eviction moratoriums that had been in place to protect people who were struggling to make rent payments during the pandemic.The study found that the number of COVID-19 cases doubled and the number of deaths attributable to the disease increased fivefold, in the four-month period after eviction moratoriums expired.Those figures suggest that during the summer of 2020, there were 433,700 more COVID-19 cases and 10,700 more deaths in the U.S. than there wo...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 26, 2021 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) extending the comment period on the proposed information collection titled "The AHRQ Safety Program for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Prevention." This project will assist hospital units and long-term care facilities in adopting and implementing technical approaches to reduce MRSA infections. Comments are due by August 23, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2021 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 (AHRQ) will hold a virtual public meeting on July 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update on AHRQ's accomplishments in Health Systems Research, Practice Improvement, and Data and Analytics. The agenda will also include discussions on strategic opportunities for fiscal year 2022, opportunities to advance telehealth, and advancing patie nt safety. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 1, 2021 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 2022. 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 regarding 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 - June 30, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Delta Dental launches nationwide effort to advance patient-centered care
Delta Dental will administer the CAHPS Dental Plan Survey nationally to gather insights into patients'oral health experiences and improve oral healthcareOAK BROOK, Ill., May 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Delta Dental Plans Association announced the nationwide deployment of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Dental Plan Survey by its member companies covering all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico in 2021. " Our mission is to advance the oral health of all Americans, and we are proud that we will be the first commercial health insurer to deploy the CAHPS Dental Plan Survey nat...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - May 28, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

UTHSC researchers awarded $4.5 million to launch new Tennessee Heart Health Network
(University of Tennessee Health Science Center) Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have received a $4.5 million grant over three years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to lead a statewide network of primary care providers, health systems, and academic centers to identify, develop, and implement patient-centered approaches to improve quality of care and outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More studies needed on mental health treatments during and after pregnancy
(Wiley) Untreated mental health disorders can be a serious problem for women and their children during pregnancy and after giving birth, during the postpartum period. A recent analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in Psychiatric Research& Clinical Practice notes that few studies have examined the benefits of medications for mental health disorders in pregnant and postpartum women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PNR Weekly Digest: March 30, 2021
Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an * In the Dragonfly: *NNLM Covid-19 Symposium. Keynote Speakers Announced. Registration is Open The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from the 2-day experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and shar...
Source: Dragonfly - March 30, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: PNR Weekly Digest Source Type: news

PNR Weekly Digest: March 30, 2021
Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an * In the Dragonfly: *NNLM Covid-19 Symposium. Keynote Speakers Announced. Registration is Open The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic, and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from the 2-day experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and shar...
Source: Dragonfly - March 30, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: PNR Weekly Digest Source Type: news

AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) extending the comment period on its draft report on effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety. The report includes measures determined appropriate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to encourage the appropriate use of such strategies, including use in any federally funded programs. Comments are due by April 19, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 18, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Request for Information on the Use of Clinical Algorithms That Have the Potential To Introduce Racial/Ethnic Bias Into Healthcare Delivery
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking information on clinical algorithms that are used or recommended in medical practice and any evidence on clinical algorithms that may introduce bias or influence healthcare delivery and outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. The information received by AHRQ will be used to inform an Evidence-Based Practice Center Program (EPC) evidence review and may inform other AHRQ activities. Comments are due by May 4, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking published and unpublished scientific information submissions to inform its review onImproving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication. Thefull review protocol is available for review on the AHRQ website. Submissions are due by April 1, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Awards 26 Research Grants to Explore the Healthcare System's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced 26 research grants to explore healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects focus on areas such as the increased use of telehealth, best practices in rural care settings, emergency management in hospitals, addressing critical barriers to effective pandemic response in hospitals that care for vulnerable populations, and improving clinician and patient safety. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 12, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Researchers to help nursing homes implement practices to mitigate the impact of COVID-19
(Georgia State University) Researchers in Georgia State University's School of Public Health and Emory University's School of Medicine have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help nursing homes implement practices to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fueled by a History of Mistreatment, Black Americans Distrust the New COVID-19 Vaccines
When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available to Americans, Brianna Clarke says she won’t be taking it. “I don’t trust the vaccine,” the 22-year-old says. “I think it’s too soon to have a vaccine.” Clarke, who lives in Willingboro, N.J., is among a significant number of Black Americans who are skeptical of the healthcare industry in general and, critically, the COVID-19 vaccines recently developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, more specifically. Over the past couple of weeks, the U.S. has averaged in the neighborhood of 200,000 new COVID-19 cases per d...
Source: TIME: Health - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dezimey Kum Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 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 with clinical expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and advanced practice nursing will receive the strongest consideration. Nominations are due by March...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 22, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

AHRQ: Notice of Opportunity To Comment on Strategies To Improve Patient Safety: Draft Report to Congress for Public Comment and Review by the National Academy of Medicine
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announcing its draft report on effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety is available to the public for review and comment. The report includes measures determined appropriate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to encourage the appropriate use of such strategies, including use in any federally funded programs. Comments are due by February 16, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 16, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

230 Indiana nursing homes signed up for support program during COVID-19 pandemic
(Regenstrief Institute) Nursing homes have been greatly challenged by COVID-19 but often don't know where to look for assistance. The Indiana Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (NHCAN) Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) helps nursing homes improve COVID-19 preparedness, safety and infection control. The 16-week ECHO program provides nursing homes with guidance on implementing best practices in such areas as vaccine delivery, infection control and staffing shortages. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funds the program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Prize Winners Chosen in Competition to Improve Rural Postpartum Mental Health Care
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ) announced the winners of the Rural Post-Partum Mental Health Challenge. The two Program Proposal winners located in Montana and Alabama receive $50,000 each, while the three Success Story winners located in Massachusetts, Montana, and Oregon receive $25,000. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 8, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Google Health and HHS' AHRQ detail new pilot project helping patients prep for their doctor's appointment
The tool would help patients develop health questions for their clinician, and reminds them to bring along any necessary test results or other materials. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Rising rates of ED visits for suicidal ideation, suicide attempt - Rubin R.
From 2008 to 2017, the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to suicidal ideation or suicide attempt increased among all age groups 5 years or older, according to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Su... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an AHRQ COVID-19 update, a discussion on Quality Measurement Enterprise, and feedback on the Strategic Plan for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 26, 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 extending the comment period for the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery. This project aims to provide technical assistance to hospitals to help them implement evidence-based practices to improve outcomes and prevent complications among patients who undergo surgery. Comments are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

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