New Interactive Map Spotlights AHRQ's Impact

Electronic Newsletter, Issue 395

AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.

September 9, 2013


AHRQ Stats

The top 1 percent of the U.S. population ranked by their health care expenses accounted for 21.4 percent of total health care expenditures in 2010, with an annual mean expenditure of $87,570. Overall, the top 50 percent of the population ranked by their expenditures accounted for 97.2 percent of overall health care expenditures, while the lower 50 percent accounted for only 2.8 percent of the total. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #421: Differentials in the Concentration in the Level of Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2010.)

Clarification:

Our September 4 issue featured an AHRQ Stat based on AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #156: Causes of Injuries Treated in the Emergency Department, 2010 that should have read: In 2010, more than 70 percent of injury-related emergency department visits among persons age 65 and older were related to falls.

Today's Headlines

  1. New Interactive Map Spotlights AHRQ's Impact.
  2. Public Comment Period Underway for Feedback on the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention.
  3. AHRQ Webinar on Sept. 11 to Detail Proven Approaches to Teamwork in Long-Term Care .
  4. AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange to Host Sept. 18 Webinar on Developing .
  5. AHRQ's Patient Safety Network Examines Clinical Training and Patient Safety for Medical Residents.
  6. AHRQ Patient Safety Primer Highlights Importance of Teamwork and Team Training.

1. New Interactive Map Spotlights AHRQ's Impact

"AHRQ's Impact on Health Care" is a new interactive Web page from AHRQ that highlights Impact Case Studies, examples of how and where AHRQ's research, products, and tools are being used, and how they improve care. The new page features an interactive map that is searchable by state and keyword. Impact Case Studies are unique because they feature the "downstream" effects of AHRQ funding, highlighting real people who have used AHRQ's tools and resources to change practice, change policy, or improve patient outcomes. Select to access more information about Impact Case Studies or to provide your own feedback about an AHRQ product.

2. Public Comment Period Underway for Feedback on the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention

Adverse drug events are the largest contributor to hospital-related complications, and they account for more than 3.5 million physician office visits each year. As a result of increased attention to reducing and preventing the dangers associated with adverse drug events, HHS, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, has developed the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. HHS seeks feedback from a wide array of stakeholders, including organizations and professional groups, on the draft version of the plan. The public comment period opened September 4 and continues until 5:00 p.m. ET on October 3. Select to participate in this public comment period.

3. AHRQ Webinar on Sept. 11 to Detail Proven Approaches to Teamwork in Long-Term Care

AHRQ will host a webinar on September 11 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET highlighting how teamwork improves safety and quality in long-term care (LTC) settings. AHRQ's teamwork training program, TeamSTEPPS®, has been tested in real-world settings and is designed to address the science of teamwork in LTC settings; the resident safety and financial benefits of TeamSTEPPS in LTC; and practical and proven application of the TeamSTEPPS program in LTC facilities. Presenters will include Sharon Kostboth-Harper, Project Manager, Tealwood Senior Living; Erin Howe, DNP, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing; and Michelle Pandolfi, MSW, Director of Consulting Services, QUALIDIGM. Select to register for the webinar.  

4. AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange to Host Sept. 18 Webinar on Developing

Join AHRQ September 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET for an in-depth dialogue to explore how the Innovations Exchange's rich collection of novel health care practices and tools is being used to develop competencies for nurses and interdisciplinary teams. The Innovations Exchange can help providers meet a variety of practical and theoretical goals, such as becoming familiar with concrete approaches to transforming health care delivery relating to the goals of the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Strategy, and the Affordable Care Act. The webinar also will use case studies of innovation practices to examine how health care organizations adapt service delivery and policy to solve local problems and develop a curriculum focused on improvement and implementation science. Presenters are Kathleen R. Stevens, R.N., Ed.D., Professor and Director, Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, and Judith Kunisch, B.S.N., M.B.A., Lecturer, Yale School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn. The host is Judi Consalvo, Program Analyst, Center for Outcomes and Evidence, AHRQ. Select to register for the webinar.  

5. AHRQ Patient Safety Primer Highlights Importance of Teamwork and Team Training

Teamwork training attempts to minimize the potential for patient harm by training clinical teams to communicate effectively, function more efficiently, and create a culture of safety, according to a patient safety primer available on AHRQ's Patient's Safety Network (PSNet). The primer explains the foundational principles behind teamwork training and identifies programs specifically designed for use in health care settings, such as AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®. Teamwork training programs have been implemented in several environments, including the emergency department, operating rooms, obstetrics units, and outpatient primary care clinics. Select to access the full patient safety primer, titled Teamwork Training.

6. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Aspesi AV, Kauffmann GE, Davis AM, et al. IBCD: development and testing of a checklist to improve quality of care for hospitalized general medical patients. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2013 Apr;39(4):147-56. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Hinami K, Whelan CT, Miller JA, et al. Job characteristics, satisfaction, and burnout across hospitalist practice models. J Hosp Med. 2012 May-Jun;7(5):402-10. Epub 2012 Jan 23. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Maas MB, Lev MH, Ay H, et al. The prognosis for aphasia in stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2012 Jul;21(5):350-7. Epub 2010 Dec 24. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Wong JM, Bader AM, Laws ER, et al. Patterns in neurosurgical adverse events and proposed strategies for reduction. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Nov;33(5):E1. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

John DA, de Castro AB, Martin DP, et al. Does an immigrant health paradox exist among Asian Americans? Associations of nativity and occupational class with self-rated health and mental disorders. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Dec;75(12):2085-98. Epub 2012 Mar 13. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Han JH, Crane HM, Bellamy SL, et al. HIV infection and glycemic response to newly initiated diabetic medical therapy. AIDS. 2012 Oct 23;26(16):2087-95. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Dimick JB, Staiger DO, Hall BL, et al. Composite measures for profiling hospitals on surgical morbidity. Ann Surg. 2013 Jan;257(1):67-72. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Hartung DM, Hamer A, Middleton L, et al. A pilot study evaluating alternative approaches of academic detailing in rural family practice clinics. BMC Fam Pract. 2012 Dec 31;13:129. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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