Agenda: September 21

AHRQ 2011 Annual Conference

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Partnerships for Patients: Improving Care Transitions
    Session Number: 40
    Track ID: A
    Session Description: This session will provide an overview of the HHS Partnerships for Patients campaign and goals, focusing on the specific goal to prevent 20 percent of 30-day hospital readmissions. Subject matter experts and researchers will present information on successful tools and resources that have been implemented to improve care transitions and reduce 30-day hospital readmissions. Speakers will also include senior officials from AHRQ and from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    Keywords: Patient Safety/Quality
    Moderator: William Munier, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:
    • Paul McGann, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    • Dennis Wagner, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    • James Hester, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Select for presentation).
    • Risa Hayes, Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (Select for presentation).
  • Building Capacity for Supply-Side Modeling, Simulation, and Research: Overview and Examples
    Session Number: 53
    Track ID: F
    Session Description: AHRQ is currently building capacity to conduct, support, apply, and disseminate policy-relevant provider and other supply-side modeling, simulation, and research. This session provides the overview of relevant AHRQ initiatives and provides several examples of projects.
    Keywords: Policy; Cost; Patient Safety/Quality.
    Moderator: Herbert Wong, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Select for presentation)
    Speakers:
    • Herbert Wong, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
    • Claudia Steiner, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Select for presentation).
    • Ryan Mutter, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data Resources for Research and Policy
    Session Number: 106
    Track ID: A
    Session Description: The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the use of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS HC) public use data files by the health services research community. To meet this objective, participants are provided with a general overview of the MEPS, a description of available data files, information about online data tools, and some discussion of the type of research projects the MEPS data can support. Major changes have taken place in the Nation's health care delivery system over the last decade. The most notable is the rapid expansion of managed care arrangements such as health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, and other provider networks that seek to minimize increases in health care costs. The MEPS is a vital national data resource designed to continually provide health service researchers, policymakers, health care administrators, businesses, and others with timely, comprehensive information about health care use and costs in the United States. Newly released MEPS public use files provide analysts with opportunities to create unique analytic files for policy-relevant analysis in the field of health services research, such as access to care and health disparities. In order to capture the unparalleled scope and detail of the MEPS HC, analysts need to understand the complexities of MEPS data files and data file linkages. This session will provide the knowledge necessary to formulate research plans utilizing the various MEPS HC files and linkage capabilities.
    Keywords: Cost; Access
    Speaker: Anita Soni, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Select for presentation)
  • Do Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs) Produce Better Health Outcomes for Patients? Innovative Approaches to Studying the Effectiveness of ICDs
    Session Number: 14
    Track ID: D
    Session Description: Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for the primary prevention of sudden cardiac death in selected patients, but questions remain regarding the optimal use of this technology in real-world populations. AHRQ has been working to understand the effectiveness of ICDs through several different studies. These include (1) a longitudinal study in the Cardiovascular Research Network that is the result of a groundbreaking collaboration between AHRQ, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), industry, and the American College of Cardiology that assesses long-term outcomes in a primary prevention ICD cohort, including the outcome of ICD shocks; (2) ongoing large database analyses linking registries and Medicare data to evaluate the outcomes and comparative effectiveness of ICDs in Medicare beneficiaries under the CMS Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) policy; and (3) a project that uses patient-level clinical trial data and Bayesian statistical methods to explore the effectiveness of the ICD in specific subpopulations. In this session, we will consider how each project will contribute to understanding the effectiveness of ICDs in different populations.
    Keywords: Effective Health Care; Evidence-Based Practice; Patient Safety/Quality; Health Disparities; Access; Cost.
    Moderator: Elise Berliner, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Mental Health Forum and Town Hall
    Session Number: 79
    Track ID: D
    Session Description: The important investments that AHRQ makes in addressing mental health issues will be highlighted during this forum and town hall. Specific topics include the integration of behavioral and mental health into the primary care setting, work being done by AHRQ's Effective Health Care program, the role of the PCMH in improving the quality of mental health care, and the AHRQ Academy of Mental Health and Primary Care. AHRQ is interested in getting input from stakeholders on research gaps, questions related to real-world application, and other next steps AHRQ can help address.
    Keywords: Evidence-Based Practice; Policy.
    Moderator: Benjamin Miller, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
    Charlotte Mullican, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Frank DeGruy, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Speakers:
    • Dave DeBronkart, Society for Participatory Medicine.
    • Michael Hogan, New York State Office of Mental Health.
    • Roger Kathol, Cartesian Solutions, Inc..
    • Parinda Khatri, Cherokee Health System.
    • Neil Korsen, MaineHealth.
    • Stephen Melek, Milliman.
    • Kavita Patel, Brookings Institution.
    • Teresa Chapa, Office of Minority Health, HHS.
    • Debbie Peikes, Mathematica Policy Research.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • State Initiatives to Measure and Reduce Disparities in Health Care
    Session Number: 43
    Track ID: E
    Session Description: This open session will present lessons learned by State policymakers and NASHP about efforts to measure and reduce disparities in health care at the State level.
    Keywords: Health Disparities.
    Moderator: Carrie Hanlon, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) (Select for presentation)
    Speakers:

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • ARRA Academic Detailing Expert Panel Meeting.

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Partnerships for Patients: Preventing Hospital-Acquired Conditions
    Session Number: 41
    Track ID: A
    Session Description: This session will provide an overview of the HHS Partnerships for Patients campaign and goals, focusing on the specific goal to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent. Subject matter experts and researchers will present information on patient safety tools, methods, and resources that have been used in programs that have been successful in preventing specific hospital-acquired conditions. Speakers will also include senior officials from AHRQ and from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    Keywords: Patient Safety/Quality.
    Moderator: William Munier, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:
    • Paul McGann, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Select for presentation).
    • Dennis Wagner, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    • Christine Goeschel, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
    • Vicky Agramonte, IPRO (Select for presentation).
  • Building Capacity for Supply-Side Modeling, Simulation, and Research: The Case for Health Insurance Exchanges
    Session Number: 54
    Track ID: F
    Session Description: This session contributes to the national discussions about the implementation of recently legislated health care reforms by highlighting the policy relevance of two grant-supported research studies in AHRQ's Value Portfolio. The two projects are quite different methodologically. One project is decidedly about micro-behavior in health care markets. The other relies on new methods in macro (i.e., aggregated) analyses for understanding and simulating the effects of mandates. Both projects are relevant to understanding the effects of legislated changes in the United States. Presenters will underscore these policy connections in the discussions.
    Keywords: Policy; Cost; Patient Safety/Quality.
    Moderator: Michael Hagan, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:
  • Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Data Resources for Research and Policy
    Session Number: 51
    Track ID: A
    Session Description: This session introduces researchers and policymakers to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), a powerful data resource that can help answer questions about inpatient and hospital-affiliated outpatient care, including the uninsured. HCUP's sizable databases support cutting-edge health services research and policy analysis. HCUP captures information, including charges, on 95 percent of all hospital stays in the United States, and is the largest collection of multiyear, all-payer, encounter-level data available to researchers. Session participants will learn about (1) HCUP's powerful nationwide and State databases with inpatient, hospital-associated ambulatory surgery, and emergency department visits, (2) HCUP tools that facilitate research with administrative data, (3) HCUP supplemental files to enhance HCUP data, (4) HCUP publications, (5) information from HCUP reports, and (6) HCUP's strong technical support. This session includes an interactive demonstration of HCUPnet, a free online tool that provides instant access to HCUP data. The presentation showcases the wide range of research interests for which HCUP can be used.
    Keywords: Cost; Access.
    Moderator: Claudia Steiner, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Select for presentation)
    Speakers:
    • P. Hannah Davis, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
    • Claudia Steiner, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • Understanding and Improving Care in the Emergency Department
    Session Number: 55
    Track ID: A
    Session Description: There are over 125 million visits to emergency departments annually. It is therefore simply not possible to talk about understanding and improving health care without a discussion of care in the emergency department. This session not only highlights some of AHRQ's important contributions in the area of the emergency department, but also provides examples of the different mechanisms through which AHRQ makes those contributions (i.e., contracts, grants, and intramural research in partnership with sister, Federal agencies).
    Keywords: Patient Safety/Quality; Delivery of Care.
    Moderator: Ryan Mutter, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • ICD Longitudinal Study Steering Committee Meeting.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • Measuring Progress in Health Care Disparities Reduction: A State-Federal Discussion.

10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • ARRA Delivery Systems Grantees Meeting.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Building Capacity for Supply-Side Modeling, Simulation, and Research: Overview of AHRQ's Extramural Value Portfolio
    Session Number: 107
    Track ID: F
    Session Description: Parameters in most policy simulations do not fall out of the sky. If credible, they are most likely the products of well-defined empirical analyses of observational data. Michael Hagan (Senior Extramural Economist and program contact on research priorities in the Value Portfolio) will present an overview of recent and current grant-supported projects in AHRQ's Value Portfolio, highlighting projects that have potential to provide empirical estimates that might be useful in the context of policy simulations (Select for presentation). This lunch session accompanies the following afternoon sessions, numbers 64 and 65. In those sessions, grantees funded under AHRQ's Value Portfolio present and discuss project characteristics most relevant to public and private policymakers currently seeking value in a changing health care sector. Investigators describe relevant project aims, research questions, data, methods, measures, teams, and findings. Current policy contexts for these characteristics will be highlighted. This lunch session provides the larger picture context for the selected projects presented in the other sessions.
    Keywords: Policy; Cost; Patient Safety/Quality

12 noon - 2:00 p.m. Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • CHOICE Grantee Meeting.

12 noon - 4:30 p.m. Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • HCUP Steering Committee Meeting.

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Business Sessions (by invitation)

  • Transforming Primary Care Grantees Meeting.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Building Capacity for Supply-Side Modeling, Simulation, and Research: Data, Measures, Expertise, and Evidence for Health Care Policymaking, Session 1
    Session Number: 64
    Track ID: F
    Session Description: This session is the first of two sessions where grantees funded under AHRQ's Value Portfolio will present and discuss specific project characteristics most relevant to public and private policymakers currently seeking value in a changing health care sector. Investigators will briefly describe relevant project aims, research questions, data, methods, measures, teams, and findings. Current policy contexts for these characteristics will be highlighted. Implications for supply-side simulation will be discussed.
    Keywords: Policy; Cost; Patient Safety/Quality.
    Moderator: Michael Hagan, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:
    • Kathleen Carey, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University (Select for presentation).
    • Gautam Gowrisankaran, University of Arizona.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Building Capacity for Supply-Side Modeling, Simulation, and Research: Data, Measures, Expertise, and Evidence for Health Care Policymaking, Session 2
    Session Number: 65
    Track ID: F
    Session Description: This session is the second of two sessions where grantees funded under AHRQ's Value Portfolio will present and discuss specific project characteristics most relevant to public and private policymakers currently seeking value in a changing health care sector. Investigators will briefly describe relevant project aims, research questions, data, methods, measures, teams, and findings. Current policy contexts for these characteristics will be highlighted. Implications for supply-side simulation will be discussed.
    Keywords: Policy; Cost; Patient Safety/Quality.
    Moderator: Michael Hagan, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Speakers:
    • Jason Hockenberry, University of Iowa College of Public Health (Select for presentation).
    • Claudio Lucarelli, Cornell University.

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