AHRQ awards grants for the science of public reporting
Research Activities, December 2012, No. 388
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in collaboration with the Center for Medicaid & Medicaid Services, has awarded 17 research grants designed to advance the science of public reporting. These awards launch a 3-year, $14 million research initiative to grow the evidence base behind the content, design, dissemination, and underlying data and methodology of public reports of health care quality for consumers.
The Affordable Care Act and National Quality Strategy identify public reporting as a cornerstone of the nation's quality infrastructure, both as a driver of quality improvement efforts by providers and a key transparency tool that allows consumers to choose providers based on care quality and cost. These 17 exploratory and developmental studies address public reports for consumers that compare the quality and costs of hospitals, nursing homes, primary care, surgery, home health, and hospice. Recognizing that access and choice of quality care vary by population group, these studies also will engage Department of Health and Human Services priority populations such as minorities, lower income individuals, individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes and congestive heart failure, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and dually-eligible beneficiaries. The ultimate goal of this research is to inform the development of a health care system in which consumers have ready access to reports that allow meaningful comparison of providers based on measures of quality and resource use.
To learn more about these grants, visit Building the Science of Public Reporting .