June 17, 2011
AHRQ News and Numbers
Employees of private-sector companies contributed up to 121 percent more in 2009 for their yearly share of their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage than they did in 2001. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #325: Changes in Premiums and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, Private Industry, 2001-2009]
- Opportunities for advancing delivery system research: AHRQ meeting summary available online
- Register now for first Web conference to kickoff of new patient safety series on June 20
- AHRQ Web conference to explore role of health IT in managing care of patients with chronic illnesses
- Highlights from our most recent monthly newsletter
- AHRQ in the professional literature
1. Opportunities for Advancing Delivery System Research: AHRQ Meeting Summary Available Online
AHRQ convened a meeting on "The Challenge and Promise of Delivery System Research" to advance research on the design and improvement of the delivery of care. Participants included recent delivery system grantees, leading Federal officials and health policy experts, and prominent health service researchers, whose research covers areas such as the primary care medical home, care coordination, payment, reporting, and improvement of care quality and efficiency. Authors of commissioned white papers and meeting participants identified and discussed key topics and research methods deserving greater attention by funding agencies and researchers, as well as necessary ingredients for successful spread of promising innovations. Select to read a summary of the meeting's recommendations for advancing delivery system research.
2. Register Now for First Web Conference to Kickoff of New Patient Safety Series on June 20
HHS' Partnership for Patients is teaming up with the National Quality Forum to launch the first in a series of free patient safety Web conferences on June 20 at 1:00 p.m., EDT. The goal is to help organizations nationwide start and sustain changes that will lead to reduced health care-caused harm and cost. These events are open to all stakeholders, including hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians, and patient advocates, who want to make strides in improving patient safety. Featured speakers in the first web conference include: Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Joseph McCannon, Senior Advisor, Office of the Administrator, CMS; John Toussaint, M.D., President and CEO of ThedaCare; and, Gary Kaplan, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Mason Medical Center. They will provide an overview of the initiative and set the context for the eight-part series. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for the presenters' and speakers' consideration. Success stories focusing on the two goal areas of hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions also will be highlighted. Space is limited. Select to access the latest HHS blog post highlighting the recent Partnership for Patients events from around the country, Partnership for Patients Goes on the Road.
3. AHRQ Web Conference to Explore Role of Health IT in Managing Care of Patients with Chronic Illnesses
AHRQ's National Resources Center for Health IT will host a free Web-based teleconference entitled "Using Health IT for Chronic Disease Management" on June 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., EDT. During this 90-minute conference, participants can watch and listen as three presenters will share their experiences, lessons learned, and insights into the potential of how various health information technology applications can help improve management of the care for patients with chronic illnesses through the use of electronic health record interfaces. The presenters include: James Fricton, D.D.S., M.S., Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, School of Medicine and School of Public Health, and Fellow at the Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota; Helene Kopal, M.P.A., M.P.H., divisional director at Primary Care Development Corporation; and Randall Cebul, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine and Director of the CWRU-MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research and Policy.
4. Highlights from Our Most Recent Monthly Newsletter
The June issue of Research Activities is available online. Key articles include:
- Treatment by physicians with same race and language as the patient may improve medication adherence.
Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes and its related cardiovascular effects, making it even more important for them to take all their medications as directed. A new study suggests receiving treatment from a doctor of the same race or language may improve medication adherence rates among blacks and Hispanics. However, it appears to have no effect on Asian patient or those Hispanic patients who are proficient in English. Select to read this article.
Other articles include:
- Patients with chronic disease who pay coinsurance less likely to refill their medication than those with fixed copayments.
- Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for lung cancer linked to cardiac disorders.
- Obesity among South Carolina children differs by age, gender, and race.
- Mental status deficits a major factor in elderly falls in the hospital.
Select to read these articles and others.
5. AHRQ in the Professional Literature
We are providing the following hyperlinks to journal abstracts through PubMed® for your convenience. Unfortunately, some of you may not be able to access the abstracts because of firewalls or specific settings on your individual computer systems. If you are having problems, you should ask your technical support staff for possible remedies.
Street RL Jr, Haidet P. How well do doctors know their patients? Factors affecting physicians understanding of patients' health beliefs. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Jan; 26(1):21-7. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Dacey LJ, Braxon JH Jr, Kramer RS, et al. Long-term outcomes of endoscopic vein harvesting after coronary artery bypass grafting. Circulation 2011 Jan 18; 123(2):147-53. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Garrido MM, Kane RL, Kaas M, et al. Use of mental health care by community-dwelling older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Jan; 59(1):50-6. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Haut ER, Schneider EB, Patel A, et al. Duplex ultrasound screening for deep vein thrombosis in asymptomatic trauma patients: a survey of individual trauma surgeon opinions and current trauma center practices. J Trauma 2011 Jan; 70(1):27-34. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Duke NN, Scal PB. Adult care transitioning for adolescents with special health care needs: a pivotal role for family centered care. Matern Child Health J 2011 Jan; 15(1):98-105. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Poisson SN, Nguyen-Huynh MN, Johnson SC, et al. Intracranial large vessel occlusion as a predictor of decline in functional status after transient ischemic attack. Stroke 2011 Jan; 42(1):44-7. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
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Current as of June 2011
AHRQ Electronic Newsletter, June 17, 2011, Issue #318. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/enews/enews318.htm