Redesigned MONAHRQ® Software Offers Improved Reporting; Webinar Set For June 4
Nearly 22 percent of Americans under age 65 were uninsured during the first part of 2012. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #422: The Uninsured in America, First Part of 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65.)
- Redesigned MONAHRQ® Software Offers Improved Reporting; Webinar Set For June 4.
- AHRQ Review Finds Multicomponent Interventions Effective in Preventing Readmission After Heart Failure.
- Register Now for June 3 CAHPS® Webcast on Reporting Patients' Comments.
- Register Now: June 4 Webinar on Patient Engagement in Primary Care.
- Register Now: June 5 Webinar Explores Use of Health IT To Improve Patient Understanding of Health Concerns and Treatments.
- AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Policies To Reduce Price Variability.
- AHRQ in the professional literature.
AHRQ has released MONAHRQ® version 5.0, a major redesign of the agency’s free software for creating customized websites to report quality information to the public or for internal quality improvement. The software significantly reduces the time and money that organizations would otherwise need for compiling, analyzing and posting comparison reports on hospital quality, cost and utilization. MONAHRQ 5.0 features a new code foundation with improved user interface, open framework architecture, libraries for data and measures, new datasets and reports, hospital profile reports and new features at the regional level. Register now for a free webinar about the new software, scheduled for June 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET.
An AHRQ research review found home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure. The research, which also was published online May 27 in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that telephone support interventions do not appear to reduce all-cause readmission, but can improve survival and reduce readmission related to heart failure. Programs focused on telemonitoring or providing education only did not appear to reduce readmission or improve survival. As heart failure is a major clinical and public health problem and a leading cause of hospitalization, future research is needed to determine whether one type of transitional care program is more beneficial than other types of programs, according to the review, “Transitional Care Interventions To Prevent Readmissions for People With Heart Failure.”
AHRQ is hosting a free webcast June 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET that will focus on the use of patient comments to inform consumers about health care providers. Researchers will discuss an ongoing AHRQ study of the impact of reporting patients’ comments with standardized measures of physician quality, including the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) measures of patient experience and clinical measures. The speakers in the webcast will discuss how patients’ comments affect perceptions and use of standardized measures in public reports; how to collect comments that are representative, well-balanced and aligned with the aspects of patient experience proven to be important to consumers; and how to report comments in a way that reduces complexity and strengthens overall value of comparative information on health care providers.
- Steven Martino, Ph.D., behavioral scientist, RAND, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Rachel Grob, Ph.D., director of national initiatives, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Mark Schlesinger, Ph.D., professor of health policy, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut.
- Dale Shaller, managing director, CAHPS Database; Shaller Consulting Group, Stillwater, Minnesota (Moderator).
CAHPS® surveys ask consumers about their experiences with health care. The CAHPS program at AHRQ supports the development and promotion of CAHPS surveys, toolkit materials and comparative databases, and provides technical assistance to users.
Registration is open.
AHRQ is hosting a webinar June 4 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET on patient engagement in primary care. The presenters will discuss the engagement of patients and families in the medical home (including the pediatric medical home), the development of the Patient Voices Network and the impact that activated patients can have on research, quality improvement efforts and the delivery of primary care.
- Sarah Scholle, Dr.Ph.H., vice president of research and analysis, National Committee for Quality Assurance.
- Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, Ph.D., director of community translational research, Department of Family Medicine, State University of New York-Buffalo.
- Rebecca Malouin, Ph.D., associate chair for research and assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University; co-director, Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network.
- Rebecca Roper, M.S., M.P.H., director, Practice-Based Research Network Initiative, AHRQ (moderator).
Continuing education credits are available at no cost for physicians and physician assistants.
Registration is open.
AHRQ is hosting a webinar June 5 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET on ways health information technology can be used to improve patient understanding of health issues and clinical treatments. The expert panel will discuss projects assessing the use of online counseling for weight-loss treatment in obese patients, using online portals for health management tasks in older adults and decision-making among parents regarding childhood immunizations.
- Kathleen McTigue, M.D., associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh.
- Sara Czaja, Ph.D., professor, scientific director, Center on Aging, University of Miami School of Medicine.
- Jason Glanz, Ph.D., epidemiologist, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
- Angela Nunley, M.S. ED., program analyst, AHRQ (Moderator).
Registration is open.
The latest issue of AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange explores hospital pricing for elective procedures, which can vary significantly across facilities within a given market area. Differences are typically unrelated to variations in quality of care. The featured profile in California, where state legislation promotes fair hospital pricing, describes a retirement system that incorporated a reference-pricing policy for certain procedures in its benefits design, enabling plan enrollees to select high-value hospitals. Featured quality tools include a tool for consumers to estimate how much providers charge for medical and dental services in their area, a website to help patients in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals and a guide for consumers on the average cost of health care services to support price comparisons.
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