Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Now Available for Review and Comment

Electronic Newsletter, Issue 415

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

March 5, 2014


AHRQ Stats

In 2011, the aggregate cost for all hospital stays was $387.3 billion—a mean of $10,000 per stay. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #168: Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2011.)

Today's Headlines

  1. Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Now Available for Review and Comment.
  2. AHRQ Releases Updated Horizon Scan on New Health Care Innovations.
  3. CHIPRA Evaluation Highlight Reviews Caregiver Peer Support Programs.
  4. Call for Nominations for Outstanding Article of the Year Award Using AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Databases.
  5. Register Now: AHRQ Long-Term Care Patient Safety Training Modules Are Topic of March 12 Webinar.
  6. AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Community-Based Programs To Improve Senior Health.
  7. AHRQ in the professional literature.

1. Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Now Available for Review and Comment

AHRQ has released Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital, which includes modules entitled Generic Adverse Event Information, Blood or Blood Product, Delivery—Maternal, Delivery—Neonatal, Device or Medical/Surgical Supply Including Health Information Technology, Fall, Medications, Pressure Ulcer, Readmissions, Surgery or Anesthesia, Venous Thromboembolism and Other Outcomes of Interest. Until now, Common Formats have been designed to support only traditional event reporting. Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital are designed to provide, through retrospective review of medical records, information that is complementary to that derived from event reporting systems. These formats will facilitate improved detection of events and calculation of adverse event rates in populations reviewed. 

Please go to the Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center Web site to view Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital and post comments through the online submission tool. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 18.

2. AHRQ Releases Updated Horizon Scan on New Health Care Innovations

AHRQ's Healthcare Horizon Scanning System has published its 10th edition, an update that includes 35 new technologies and identifies 487 innovations that are being tracked for their potential impact on clinical care, health care systems, patient outcomes and costs. Innovations in the horizon scan include technologies in more than a dozen clinical categories, including cancer, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression and other mental health disorders. Identifying emerging health care technologies and innovations can help inform patient-centered outcomes research and support planning and prioritization of research resources. Health plans and health system purchasers need this information to plan for the future, as they consider upcoming innovations on the horizon. AHRQ's December 2013 Potential High Impact Reports, updated January 6, was developed by the Effective Health Care Program.

3. CHIPRA Evaluation Highlight Reviews Caregiver Peer Support Programs

The seventh Evaluation Highlight from the national evaluation of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program is available on the AHRQ Web site. The highlight focuses on how four states—Georgia, Idaho, Maryland and Utah—are working to expand access to peer support for caregivers of children with special health care needs. A supplement to the highlight provides an overview of the key features of these caregiver peer support programs. The analysis covers the first 3 years of the 5-year CHIPRA quality demonstration projects, including 1 year of planning.

4. Call for Nominations for Outstanding Article of the Year Award Using AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Databases

Nominations are now being accepted for AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Outstanding Article of the Year Awards. Up to three candidates will be chosen to receive the awards, which recognize researchers who published articles in peer-reviewed journals in 2013 that used the HCUP databases to explore and address health care research topics and issues. Work honored will demonstrate how AHRQ's HCUP databases have contributed to the health care services field. Researchers may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual. Awards will be presented at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, scheduled for June 8-10 in San Diego. The award includes a complimentary conference registration and a travel stipend. Nomination forms note that the nomination period will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 14.

5. Register Now: AHRQ Long-Term Care Patient Safety Training Modules Are Topic of March 12 Webinar

AHRQ is hosting a Webinar on March 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET on the use of "Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities: Training Modules." The Webinar, designed for nurses and staff educators who work in long-term care settings, will provide an overview on using the modules to train staff on how to detect and communicate changes in a resident's condition, with a special focus on falls prevention. Registration is now open.

6. AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Community-Based Programs To Improve Senior Health

The latest issue of AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange features three profiles about community-based programs to improve senior health. One of the featured profiles, ElderSmile, describes the expansion of an oral health program for seniors to include diabetes and hypertension screening and education. Dental school faculty, staff and students at community centers throughout northern Manhattan measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure and hemoglobin A1c levels and, as appropriate, make referrals for treatment. The program has identified many seniors who have or are at risk but have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension and has facilitated care for those who have been previously diagnosed but still have uncontrolled conditions. The Health Care Innovatins Exchange includes more than 50 profiles and tools related to community-based efforts to improve care for seniors.

7. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Bardach NS, Wang JJ, De Leon SF, et al. Effect of pay-for-performance incentives on quality of care in small practices with electronic health records: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2013 Sep11;310(10):1051-9. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Arling G, Cooke V, Lewis T, et al. Minnesota's provider-initiated approach yields care quality gains at participating nursing homes. Health Aff. 2013 Sep;32(9):1631-8. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Belsky DW, Moffitt TE, Sugden K, et al. Development and evaluation of a genetic risk score for obesity. Biodemography Soc Biol. 2013;59(1):85-100. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Reed M, Huang J, Brand R, et al. Implementation of an outpatient electronic health record and emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and office visits among patients with diabetes. JAMA. 2013 Sep 11;310(10):1060-5. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Sandhu A, Moscucci M, Dixon S, et al. Differences in the outcome of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions at teaching versus non-teaching hospitals. Am Heart J 2013 Sep;166(3):40140-8. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

McCullough BJ, Comstock BA, Deyo RA, et al. Major medical outcomes with spinal augmentation vs conservative therapy. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Sep 9;173(16):1514-21. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Beaubrun AC, Kilpatrick RD, Freburger JK, et al. Temporal trends in fracture rates and postdischarge outcomes among hemodialysis patients. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Sep; 24(9):1461-9. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Lin GA, Lucas FL, Malenka DJ, et al. Mortality in Medicare patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention with or without antecedent stress testing. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2013 May 1;6(3):309-14. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.


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Internet Citation: Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Now Available for Review and Comment: Electronic Newsletter, Issue 415. March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/e-newsletter/415.html